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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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SCOTLAND DIVIDED

SCOTLAND DIVIDED

‘I want Scotland to be at the heart of Europe’, the young Mary Queen of Scots tells her courtiers in David Greig’s fine production of Linda Mclean ‘s play, ‘Glory on Earth’,  at the Lyceum Theatre. Sharing the stage for most of the action is volatile preacher,

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ROOTS OF RADICALISATION

ROOTS OF RADICALISATION

    ‘Fxxx off back to your chapel’, Father, ‘where you belong’. Along with others, I was on the street in Derry in January 1969, trying to stop a group of youngsters from throwing stones at the RUC. A futile exercise but a social learning experience with the

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Is it a sin to vote Tory?

Is it a sin to vote Tory?

Those few remaining Church goers in Scotland may have find some additional challenges to face tomorrow morning.  As well as the polite smiles exchanged between worshippers, covert glances will seek to answer the question – did they vote Tory?  It was a secret ballot and only those

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Rhiannon Giddens has a message for us all

Rhiannon Giddens has a message for us all

In ‘At the Purchaser’s Option’ , the superb  Rhiannon Giddens in her bravura performance at the Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh , on Sunday, reminded us that the buyer had the choice whether to buy or refuse their new slaves’ babies.  That number was inspired by an 18th century

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