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The buffoon who would be Prime Minister

The buffoon who would be Prime Minister

Gabriella clung tearfully to her mother’s arms,  terrified that these men again wanted to  take  Mum away .   The woman was Nazanin  Zaghari-Ratcliffe and the Iranian Police had arrived to return her to prison . She had been  granted temporary release to be with her  family and 

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WELCOME SORCHA

 Sorcha Óg You arrived Sorcha with the dawn on the fifteenth of June, another bairn for Scotland, a sister for Leo and Senan, a daughter for Jen and Neill , another grandchild, a   burst of radiance  in this gilded summer. Your Gaelic name means ‘light’ and you

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DEVASTATION OF UNIVERSAL CREDIT

DEVASTATION OF UNIVERSAL CREDIT

Growing up in Ireland, the Paupers’ Field and the Polo Field were our childhood play areas. As children, the emotional overtones did not register with us nor did any real distinction occur between the  two grounds. Seventy years later , I find those memories strangely relevant to

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VALUE TEACHERS – VALUE EDUCATION

VALUE TEACHERS – VALUE EDUCATION

VALUE TEACHERS – VALUE EDUCATION  It is just over 17 years since the McCrone  Agreement on Teachers’ pay was signed.  An increase in salary of 23% was received by Scotland’ s teachers,  along with agreement on the implementation of a 35 hour week. It appeared to be

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Donald – a Tullibody Inspiration

Reaching out to people and touching their lives, is not instinctive human activity. It is learned and practiced behaviour. Not all of us are capable of committing to it nor, indeed, do we   wish to have  any appreciable level of involvement in the lives of others.  Only

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MEETING PRESIDENT JOHNSON AT THE WHITE HOUSE

Our group of Irish teachers who met President Lyndon Johnson in the White House Rose Garden  in July 1967, witnessed a  morose, brooding giant of a man who was being rent asunder by the casualties in Vietnam and the growing protests on the campus across the country.

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REMEMBERING BERT MULLEN – FOUNDER OF THE SCOTTISH CREDIT UNION MOVEMENT

REMEMBERING BERT MULLEN – FOUNDER OF THE SCOTTISH CREDIT UNION MOVEMENT

Tomorrow is International Credit Union Day when millions of credit union members in over 100 countries around the World will celebrate the financial liberty and access to services that the most powerful self-help movement on the Planet has given them. The enormous growth of the movement in

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RODNEY BICKERSTAFFE; AUTHOR OF THE MINIMUM WAGE

RODNEY BICKERSTAFFE; AUTHOR OF THE MINIMUM WAGE

In recent times, the passing of some celebrity leads to expressions of barely controlled  grief by admirers. Arguably , the work of trade unionist  Rodney Bickerstaffe, who died this week, impacted on the lives of the vast majority of working people. The achievement of the Living Wage

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TRUMP AND PAISLEY – PEAS IN A POD

TRUMP AND PAISLEY – PEAS IN A POD

‘Let me smell your breath!’ , Ian Paisley demanded of Martin Bell, the BBC’s Northern  Ireland correspondent during the early years of ‘ The Troubles’. Bell had asked  for a comment on a recent display of militarism in East Belfast by a loyalist group. The exchange was

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RETRACTION AND APOLOGY TO MR. ALEX WOOD

On April 30th,2013, a blog on this site repeated a widely circulated media story, attributing racist/nazi  attitudes to Mr Alex Wood, a UKIP candidate in the elections for Somerset County Council. The Daily Mirror, the primary source of the story,  in 2015 issued a retraction and apology

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