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?

Are You With Us?

A petition signed by around 10,000 people calling for new legislation to secure a legal right to a home is to be delivered to the Scottish Parliament. The campaign originating this year has been promoted throughout the country by Scottish celebrity figureheads including Robert Carlyle, Annie Lennox and crime writer Val McDermid. The latest Scottish statistics suggest a 3% rise in the number of homeless people in Scotland compared to the previous year, with 36,465 homelessness applications between 2018 and 2019. The petition comes as part of homelessness charity Shelter Scotland’s Are You With Us campaign which launched in August … Continue reading Are You With Us?

Edinburgh students fear for grades as university strikes persist

By Harris Cumming In the run up to another hectic exam season, students at the University of Edinburgh are growing increasingly concerned as the 8 day strike continues. The strikes, which affect 12 Scottish Universities, seek to improve pay, working conditions and pensions for university staff. As part of the action led by members of the University and College Union (UCU) , pickets are in force in a number of academic buildings across the city. Of those being targeted, the Appleton Tower and David Hume Tower are being fully occupied in an attempt to prevent any access. It has not taken long for this … Continue reading Edinburgh students fear for grades as university strikes persist

No Pyro, No Fans and No Fire

By Lewis McLeod Celtic Football Club have hit out at fans for their use of pyrotechics which has forced them to close their safe standing section for Thursdays Europa League match against Rennes. The club released a statement entailing why the closure has been put in place. The partial closure has come after the “use of pyrotechnics, overcrowding and offensive chanting or banners”. The statement claimed that the actions took place during their matches between CFR Cluj and AIK Stockholm. “We have considered this matter very carefully. It is disappointing that behaviour which is unsafe and which we all know will breach … Continue reading No Pyro, No Fans and No Fire

Gary Holt brands Rangers defeat as ‘toughest day at the office’ as Livingston go five games without a win

By Calum Brown Livingston tasted defeat to Rangers on Sunday for the third time this season, meaning the Lions have picked up just five points from a possible 27 in their last nine Premiership games. Strikes from Joe Aribo and … Continue reading Gary Holt brands Rangers defeat as ‘toughest day at the office’ as Livingston go five games without a win