This year Remembrance Day and the Sunday events associated with it will have an added poignancy because of the marking of the centenary of the First World War and all the discussion and debate that has occasioned.
"Education or indoctrination: the future of religion in Scotland's schools" was the subject of a fascinating discussion at the University of Stirling on Thursday 23rd October, sponsored by Logie Kirk Trust and promoted by our partners at the Critical Religion Association (http://criticalreligion.org/).
Thousands of people unable to work because of progressive conditions are being placed in a work-related activity group, even if assessors admit they are unlikely ever to recover, the UK government admitted.
Politicians and newspaper editors have convinced many people in Britain that it is a ‘soft touch’ for foreigners who want to settle here illegally or live off benefits. In reality, a harsh immigration system hurts families and damages society.
Ebola, war, terrorism, injustice, inequality, squalid government, torture. Sometimes the inventory of cruelty and suffering seems overwhelming. The temptation to spiral into despair and the cynicism born of helplessness can assail us all. But sometimes a glimmer comes in the darkness and smallness no longer seems to equal futility.
In the aftermath of the Scottish independence referendum, a movement galvanised by the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) is organising a large rally today (Saturday 18 October 2014) in Glasgow, to the put the case for social justice at the heart of policy and power.