Archive for Social Inclusion

Friday, October 14th, 2011 @ 10:05AM

Cyrenians and Amber Mediation

On Wednesday (12/10/11) I attended a meeting to discuss support for marginalised Young People in Edinburgh with Cyrenians, a charity pioneering creative solutions to problems faced by people on the margins of society, such as homelessness, poverty, deep unemployment and addiction.  Cyrenians supports these individuals to accomplish achievable goals such…

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Friday, September 23rd, 2011 @ 10:45AM

Affordable Childcare Debate

Yesterday, the Scottish Parliament debated affordable childcare following a report titled “Making Work Pay - The Childcare Trap” from Save the Children and a motion in the name of Jamie Hepburn.  My contribution to the debate is below: I hope you do not mind, Presiding Officer, but I had to bring the baby into the chamber with me…

Friday, November 27th, 2009 @ 12:31PM

The Battle with the Booze

Some facts about Scotland’s relationship with alcohol:  * There are 1,500 deaths a year in Scotland related to alcohol – a figure that has more than doubled in the last 15 years  * 42,500 alcohol related discharges. * Scots are the eighth highest consumers of alcohol in the world.  Truth…

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009 @ 9:36AM

Supporting “Families”

Last Thursday, the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party used their alloted business time to debate a motion about “supporting families.”  There was much moralising and chastising. A bit of aren’t single mothers dreadful with a dash of poor people = bad parents. The Parliament is not renowned for its orators…

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Thursday, September 17th, 2009 @ 1:53PM

Twitter fights and a living wage

Labour’s MSP for Glasgow Shettleston, Frank McAveety is hosting a Members’ Debate tonight on the campaign for a Living Wage – a campaign that I fully support. I’ve spent the last couple of days having a twitter fight with a Tory tweeter called @KeepRightOnline. Even if you’re not an Twitter…

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Tuesday, September 15th, 2009 @ 1:09PM

Who cares?

Who Cares Scotland is voluntary organisation which works with children and young people in care. This year, it’s marking it’s 30th birthday with a fundraising trek to Nepal. Cathy Jamieson used to be the Director of Who Cares Scotland before entering the Scottish Parliament back in 1999. She’ll be taking…

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Sunday, March 22nd, 2009 @ 9:04PM

Iain Gray on jobs and unseen carers

So I’m reliably informed these Iain Gray videos will be a permanent feature, which is great news because they really are very good.

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Saturday, February 21st, 2009 @ 10:54AM

Killers to pay for Victims’ Funerals?

Thought provoking story in the Scotsman today regarding the Scottish Governments plans to make criminals pay for the funerals of their victims - whether that be murder, culpable homicide or something like a dangerous driving offence. I note that the Scotsman reports that the plan has the backing of some…

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Thursday, October 2nd, 2008 @ 3:26PM

There’s no such thing as a free lunch

All hail the SNP’s big announcement today that all 5 to 7 year olds will receive free school meals by 2010. However, local authorities will have to find the money to do this from their existing budgets and the SNP are willing to use the law to enforce it. All…

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Monday, May 19th, 2008 @ 8:32PM

24 weeks (HFE Bill - Part 2)

I’ve returned from the Pro-choice rally on the mound and I’m fired up to tackle the strange wave of righteous ignorance about abortion time limits which is sweeping the nation. Here goes. If your opposition to 24 weeks is about viability i.e. the capacity of the foetus to live outside…

Thursday, March 6th, 2008 @ 10:46PM

SNP HE policy is a Write Off

It might look like it, but I really don’t mean this to be pick on Fiona Hyslop week… However, Bonus points go to Nicol Stephen today for laying the best glove on the First Minister since he came to power in May… Fiona Hyslop said on Newsnight last week that…

Monday, March 3rd, 2008 @ 11:58AM

A Taxing Question

Interesting article on the front of the Scotland on Sunday about the state of the SNP’s Local Income Tax policy. From the offset I think it’s important to point out that I’m not resolutely opposed to the idea of a local income tax. All I’m going to try and do…

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