Author Archives: Grant Buttars

About Grant Buttars

Socialist, trade unionist, RISE, Common Weal Fife.

Our Most Recent Meetings

We recently ran two meetings, week apart, in Kirkcaldy and Dunfermline An evening with Lesley Riddoch and Gerry Hassan 21 June 2017, Kirkcaldy Due to unforeseen circumstances, Gerry couldn’t make it but Mike Small (Bella Caledonia), who we’d booked as … Continue reading

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Derelict Land Survey

Fife has lots of derelict or unused land and buildings which could be put to constructive community use. This survey aims to link up people, land and ideas, enabling communities to take control. Please take a minute to fill in … Continue reading

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Diversity and Critical Friends: Why Disagreement is Healthy

Originally posted on Clear Day's Dawning:
“I know there is strength in the differences between us. I know there is comfort, where we overlap.”  Ani di Franco “Don’t criticise the SNP”, come the cries. “Wait for Independence” and “Don’t…

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Socialism, SNP and the Dance of the Left

As we enter the final week before the General Election, I have been reflecting on how much things have changed. Since well before I was first active in politics in the 1980s, the left as a whole has been a … Continue reading

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To those about to be elected, some advice and a warning, should it be required

For they still prefer sheep to thinking men Ah, but men who think like sheep are even better (Brian McNeill) You are about to take part in an election like no other in recent memory. You should be aware that … Continue reading

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Days Like These

with apologies to Billy Bragg, my crude attempt to rework his song – the last verse is his, not mine, but I think fits well Days Like These The party built to represent us Now backs the other side The … Continue reading

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Not Business As Usual

This article picks up a thread from Peter Lomas’ post The Common Weal Syriza Debate – Beginning of a new Europe? and develops it further from a personal perspective. This week, I’ve seen two similar criticism’s made of Common Weal.  One … Continue reading

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Friends of the Airth

Mike Small on the anti-Fracking developments (from Bella Caledonia)

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First Meeting in Kirkcaldy

On a damp evening on the 1st December 2014, nearly 60 folk from all over Fife packed into the St Clair Tavern in Kirkcaldy to participate in a lively discussion about a different way of doing politics. People signed up … Continue reading

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