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22 Jul 2016



Although I favour the Scottish Greens – I feel rising irritation at the determination of politicians and the media to convince us that ‘Corbyn’s not a leader’; I find the Guardian’s insistence particularly annoying. A recent study by the London School of Economics found that 75% of (812) press stories about Corbyn failed to accurately report his views; I can’t remember such a sustained attack on any politician. – relentless.     


Were I ever so unfortunate as to become famous – I like to imagine that I would have the courage of Corbyn’s distance from the media. Their understanding of ‘leadership’ is the glib, smooth performance of a Blair or Cameron – playing the well-rehearsed game. But it’s a ‘rigged game’ – which protects the establishment elite at the expense of everyone else; Corbyn won’t play – so how can he be a leader.


The free market revolution of Reagan and Thatcher, has shaped western society for 40 years – to such an extent that swollen corporate power now subverts democracy. But the living standards of ordinary people have continued to decline; among the alienated there is growing recognition that the long standing neo – liberal orthodoxy is petering out; an ‘awakened’ public has the potential to become ‘organised civil society’ – a force of indeterminate power. A subset of civil society, the Labour membership, chose Jeremy Corbyn to make their party once again a vehicle for the advancement of working people. The ferocity of the opposition he attracts would suggest they chose well.  



If I had a vote in Labour’s leadership elections it would go to Jeremy Corbyn – but not because he’ll unite the party; if the Blairites decide to leave – that’s fitting; they stole the party in the first place, for their own ends. My support for Corbyn is on the basis that...Read more

The SENs is the name Senscot gives to our work with Social Enterprise Networks (SENs) - both thematic and geographical. SENs provide members with opportunities for peer support, collective action and market development. The vision is of a growing community of 500 frontline social enterprises across Scotland - connected and energised through a network of Networks.

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The SENs: Friday 22nd July 2016

Many of our members have asked us about the future of European Structural Funds and in particular the impending ESF programmes relevant to tackling poverty and the social economy. We received a helpful response from Scottish Government Third Sector Division this week regarding EU funding programmes.  The message is that programmes in the planning remain unchanged and hope to open for business very soon.  In general terms, here’s what Structural Funds Division are saying: “The European Union brings clear benefits to Scotland, including access to European Structural Funds. As the First Minister has made clear, the Scottish Government will now explore all options to secure Scotland's place in the European Union so that these benefits can be preserved. The European Structural Fund will clearly be a key part of those negotiations.” See more.

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Aberdeen Social Enterprise Network is hosting a workshop on collaborative working with Scottish Prison Service and...Read more
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