Scotland wants to be the best small country in the world for children to grow up in. It's a great aspiration to set but as new figures show an increase in the number of children on child protection registers, with more than half under the age of five - is Scotland getting any closer to giving its children the very best start in life?
This week, four committee members - including the entire team behind the social media campaign largely responsible for raising awareness of the Glasgow movement and the lobbyists responsible for garnering the council's permission to march on George Square - resigned over the "politics" which sprung up in the first meetings of the Federation.
Those of us who support disarmament long for a day when politicians end the perpetual arms race and focus on issues closer to home. Trident itself is part of a political mindset that says Britain should be playing an aggressive and interventionist role abroad.
The idea of holding your own whisky tasting is en vogue at the moment, but can be a daunting one. However there are a few basic tips that can make your event successful and enjoyable for both yourself and the people you invite.
I immediately knew I wanted to make a film of 'Lore' but really had no idea how to go about it. Sitting in Glasgow, the prospect of making a period feature, set in Germany, about the subject of Nazism, was daunting.
Despite the gloomy economic circumstances, England has a lot to celebrate; it is a beautiful and tolerant multicultural society that has contributed a great deal to the world socially, politically and culturally. Yet the 'English question' has only been prodded and poked by the political classes rather than substantially addressed.
I love visiting eateries that have been recommended by others whether that is through websites or verbally. It's a good starting point and stops me fr...
When I think about it, I've yet to come across any real argument as to why people should vote 'No' come 2014. It seems to me as though every argument the Better Together campaign has put forward is simply to poke holes in what Yes Scotland say and do.
Festivals have changed dramatically in this time - when the first T in the Park took place in 1994 the only other UK festivals were Glastonbury, Reading and WOMAD - now there are literally hundreds all over the country and they have gone from just being a place where you watch bands outdoors, to an entire four day experience or a long weekend away.
The UK is not OK for Scotland's vulnerable.
In the middle of this intense rivalry, stakes as high as you could want them, the O2 brand identity was sitting pretty on the shirts of both England and Ireland. Is it smart for a brand to openly court the allegiances of not just two distinct fan bases, but two rival nations in the same tournament?
The Scottish Government has progressed the debate on the legal protection of economic, social and cultural (ESC) rights, proposing that a wide range of such rights be included in a written constitution, should Scotland become independent.
It was a tough physical battle at the weekend as Scotland picked a big side, but we were determined to build on the good things we did in the QBE Internationals so it was important that we started with a win.
Permutation upon permutation of exasperated expletives have been thrown at the now infamous Edinburgh Tram project. Each time I return to the city after a length of time on tour I expect the fervent dissing of the tram works to have quietened a little, that the city's drivers and pedestrians will have accepted the situation and moved on to another subject of complaint.
"Good at rugby, lousy at renewable energy". OK, that's not an adage that many supporters will mutter in the upcoming Six Nations as the opposing team scores a try. But, at the moment, it's sort of true.
This musical gem is a bright and subtly powerful song that creeps up on you and fills you with joy and hope. It naturally transcends you into the story of the song and embraces you with positivity and happiness.