tins and pasta at a food bank

People using food banks are experiencing extreme poverty, with just £248 on average per month to spend, after housing costs. The Trussell Trust have released their ‘State of Hunger 2021’ report, showing they distributed 2.5 million food parcels in the last year.



It’s rather too easy to blame this on Brexit. The deeper problem is how Brexit interacted with a longstanding sense that all factions of Labour, centrist or leftist, don’t like the party’s traditional voters.

Source Direct: Agonising Labour Pains





Compare the turbulence of the past five years to the Scottish election results. No change – or change so piddling as to make mentioning it seem pedantic. Holyrood’s elite was effectively reproduced intact.

Source Direct: Plus ça Change…



white cross surrounded by flowers

It’s the beginning of Scotland’s ‘Demystifying Death’ Week, and the charity Good Life, Good Death, Good Grief have established a Death Club, as part of a movement to demystify death.

The Death Club That Is Demystifying Death


“Independence supporters face the prospect of explaining and reaffirming the expanded mandate for they have won. Many will not look forward to beating their head against this particular brick wall once again, as the unionist counter-argument will only become more shrill, obstinate and unconcerned with democracy the more they are put on the defensive.”

Sean Bell: After the election, what comes next?