Author Archives: Alan Mackie

About Alan Mackie

I'm a PhD student at the University of Edinburgh - completing early 2018. Soon to be a Research Associate there. Sociology, education, youth studies and research methods are my areas of interest and this is primarily what you'll find on the blog. Thanks for reading and all feedback welcome.

Keeping Fife Libraries Open

“A library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people. It is a never failing spring in the desert.” – Andrew Carnegie There are many reasons why public libraries are an important service to maintain … Continue reading

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Peter Lomas – Some Food for Thought

    Alan – this is a response to your Facebook piece of last Sunday.   I’ve computed the SNP wins in the General Election and the average majority is 10,013 per seat.  This is far and away beyond a … Continue reading

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A wee article on the General Election

As an SNP member and someone who worked in the successful campaign to get Roger Mullin elected here in Kirkcaldy & Cowdenbeath, the election was nothing short of breathtaking. I’ll be honest and say that I did not expect the … Continue reading

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Crossing the Line

I am inspired and proud of those whose voices speak the language of a new democratic politic of the people rooted in honesty and respect, justice and integrity ….. a world away from westminster’s web of deceit But online and … Continue reading

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The Common Weal Syriza Debate – Beginning of a new Europe?

On Wednesday last (28 Jan), I went to a meeting in Edinburgh organised by Common Space on the recent election in Greece, which led to a Syriza-led government. T Both Cat Boyd, co-founder of the Radical Independence Movement in Scotland, … Continue reading

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Not in my name

A POEM BY MAUREEN MATTHEWS In the days and weeks after September 19th a gloom descended over all the land a low spirit crept into the people while an unexpected indian summer made mockery of the mood …. there were … Continue reading

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The rise of individualism (& the slow death of society?)

We had our first Common Weal Fife book group on Facebook on Wednesday (you can find the various discussions here) and the discussion got me thinking… One of the many issues that were raised was the increasingly individualised nature of … Continue reading

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Do Something Radical – Have Porridge for Breakfast

Porridge There is no doubt that porridge is far and away the best value breakfast we can eat. It is a very Scottish dish – generations of Scots have been sustained by oatmeal while fighting, studying, crofting, living their daily lives. Yet … Continue reading

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Staying the course in 2015

I made this short statement at the end of our first Common Weal Fife meeting on the 1st December, 2015 at the St Clair Tavern after a fabulous and energetic 2 hours. There is little doubt that 2014 has been … Continue reading

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