It's the Quality of Life

By Joe James Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon will today vow for her government to lead the way in “redefining” the definition of what it means to be a successful country.   In a speech at Edinburgh’s Wealth of Nations 2020 Conference later today, she will suggest that people’s quality of life should be deemed as equally as important as racking up impressive data in regards to economic prosperity.   Economic measurements such as GDP have been widely criticised over the years, various attacks suggesting that a tunnel-visioned approach to collating data can oftentimes result in a dismissal of the importance of focusing … Continue reading It's the Quality of Life

Scotland’s non-voters: has Brexit created a public disenchantment with politics?

By Harris Cumming As Thursday’s controversial General Election looms ever closer, it would appear not everyone is as politically invested as one might expect.  An alarming number of South Ayrshire residents have expressed that they won’t be visiting their local polling station on 12 December, after revealing a discontent with the current turbulent political situation. 21-year-old Ayrshire art student, Kara Linning, doesn’t believe that any political party offers a valid solution to the broken state of UK politics. She said: “I just don’t feel it’s going to make any difference. After all this nonsense with Brexit, we voted to come … Continue reading Scotland’s non-voters: has Brexit created a public disenchantment with politics?

The Student Vote: Who are they voting for and how important is it?

By Dale Eaton Polls suggest that Labour is receiving a landslide of support from students and young people ahead of Thursday’s General Election. An ICM poll from November 29 to December 2 found that 72% of students intend to vote for Labour. The Liberal Democrats are the second favourite amongst students with the Conservatives close behind, however, both are miles behind Labour. The Scottish National Party rank near the bottom of the pack with only 3% of students intending to pledge their vote to Nicola Sturgeon’s party. Despite being so far behind they still rank above the Brexit Party and … Continue reading The Student Vote: Who are they voting for and how important is it?

General Election 2019: How New Voters May Shape a Generation

By Joe James ‘It just feels different this time. It feels like we can really make a difference’ – says Daniel Mills, a twenty-year-old, who next month will make a short walk from his Drumchapel flat to his nearby polling station to vote for the first time. Recent statistics have revealed that on the 12th of December millions of people like Daniel will be voting for the first time in what is set to be one of the most important General Elections in U.K history. With the vast majority of the population being more politically aware than ever before,  it may be … Continue reading General Election 2019: How New Voters May Shape a Generation

Learning to Listen: Finding Common Ground for Our Common Good

By Jack Ewing Picture Source: Gordonstoun Twitter page     Common sense, common ground and a common purpose are sorely missing from our dialogue in today’s often tribal political setting. An event going on over the next few days at a … Continue reading Learning to Listen: Finding Common Ground for Our Common Good