Usually, it’s ‘easy’ to write the first sentence of an article. It’s ‘easy’ because it tells the truth of what’s to follow. It should be ‘easy’ – even when that ‘easy’ truth […]
The People's Republic Of Escotia
This blog has been set up to discuss social issues of the day that impact on people's lives in with a particular focus on music, creativity, education, counselling, well-being, rights, inclusion and anti-discrimination. The editor, John Davis aspires for readers to focus on, discuss and challenge the ideas that are presented in the blog. The blog is open to anyone who wants to write about social justice, creativity, childhood etc. and welcomes contributions from people who have something to say about life in Scotland and beyond; what ever age they are and what ever their background. The editor will support less experienced writers and contributors who have never written before. Feel free to send suggestions for posts/articles to @inde_for_inde on twitter
5 Things That Could Have Happened But Didn’t – In 2016.
Over the next two weeks the twitter-sphere and internet will be full of lists concerning 2016’s memorable moments, top ten’s and awkward regrets. Many people would wish that Brexit was not happening, […]
Collaboration v Compulsion: Minimum Intervention v Child Protection, Participation v Preventative Early Intervention, Redistribution v Sticking Plasters – What Are The Hall Marks of a Socially Just and Rights-Based Child and Family Support System?
John Davis and Harla Octarra examine the implications of the Supreme Court decision on the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014. Professor John M. Davis has written two books on […]
For All We Know This May Only Be A Dream – Hypocrisy, Purity by Proxy and The Nightmare of Aggressive ‘Brit Nat’ Narcissism
By John Davis Nina Simone’s cover of the Donny Hathaway song For All We Know poses the question: For all we know, this may only be a dream’. Was it just a dream […]
Anything Is Possible – If We Open The Doors In Our Minds
By John Davis The last post in this blog attempted to understand the context of Benny Lynch’s life and challenged deficit model assumptions about him, the community he grew up in (the […]
It is Time To Raise A Statue Up To The Best of Benny Lynch
To commemorate the anniversary of Benny Lynch’s death, in a collaboratively written article, Christina Milarvie Quarrell and John Davis consider: why it is time to raise a statue to Glasgow’s greatly loved […]
It’s Time For National Unity In Scotland
It’s time for national unity – here is an article I just got published in the common space – it was written on Friday before Nicola’s excellent interventions over the weekend and […]
Change Comes From Within: Muhammad Ali, Country Music, Scotland and Unity
The death of Muhammad Ali led me to write an article for Common Space concerning what we could learn from Ali’s life. – see the link to the article here the two […]
When Is A Po-Boy Not A Poor-Boy?
I am just back from a trip to New York where we were at a meeting of the Better Care Network which was seeking to develop a paper on ‘informal’ care. It […]
Liverpool Supporters Unlawfully Killed: Hillsborough Justice Delayed Is Justice Demeaned
I wrote about the Hillsborough inquest at the start of the year (in my review of 2015). I had a feeling at the time that the families might finally see justice . I have updated […]