What unites Liam Gallagher, Ian Rankin and Badly Drawn Boy (no, I don’t know who the last one is either)? They all had a go at Chancellor Rishi Sunak yesterday after he appeared to say that some workers in the Arts sector need to re-train and do other jobs. In an interview with ITV, Sunak […]

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A new study has found a record-breaking heatwave in Siberia was made 600 times more likely by man-made climate change. Temperatures in the far north of Russia were more than five degrees above normal from January to June this year, causing permafrost to melt and forest fires to proliferate, which in turn increased more carbon […]

How do we avoid crisis-fatigue?


The Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival is currently taking place online, and yesterday I watched ‘Riptide’, a film produced and directed by Tim Barrow, one of our Source Direct subscribers. It is a story about Jacob, living in Edinburgh and suffering from schizophrenia. He falls in love with another schizophrenic person, and what follows is a […]

Confront the structural forces inducing individualism and social isolation



Here is something curious. At the end of a detailed report on The Daily Business about the Herald & Times leaving their Glasgow office due to financial concerns, it ended with this sentence from the Scottish Government: “We are in discussion with the newspaper industry as we continue to explore how best to support businesses during this […]

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