Scottish Draft Budget 2018-19

Today Scottish Government Finance Minister Derek MacKay unveiled their draft budget for the next fiscal year. By far the most eye-catching of the proposals was the remodelling of income tax, with the standard rate being broken into three bands of 19%, 20% and 21%, and an increase of 1% on the higher and additional rates, bringing them to 41% and 46% respectively. In total, these measures will raise an additional £164 million for the Scottish Government, whilst ensuring that those earning less than £33,000 (which — Read more →

My Sleep in the Park Experience

Waking up in the middle of Princes Street Gardens, with a layer of frost on my sleeping bag, the temperature being around -5°, and at just after 5.15am in the morning is not my normal idea of a Sunday morning. Last night around 8,000 people, myself included, took part in Sleep in the Park, which was an event geared around the phenomenal cause of helping eradicate homelessness here in Scotland. The event was organised by Social Bite, a charity café launched just five years ago — Read more →

Fake News: Learning the lessons of 2016

In many ways 2017 has been a year where little “original” news events have happened, but rather where we have been living through the aftermath of 2016.  Whether that be because of Brexit on this side of the pond, or the Buffoon-in-Chief on the other, we’re still wading through the repercussions of what voters have destined for us last year.   One of the main problems we’re still grappling with is that of online “fake news”, which we now know helped drive both the Brexit — Read more →

Galantis – “The Aviary”: Review

Dance music is often criticised for being all the same. There’s so many artists out there trying to replicate the successes of the likes of Avicii or Calvin Harris that they forget to forge their own style, and simply follow what seems to “work”. One duo that do things differently, though, are Galantis – and on new album The Aviary they manage to bring their own signature style to a brand new set of songs. Galantis’ last album, Pharmacy, was one I loved and had — Read more →

LCD Soundsystem – “american dream”: Review

Things are surreal at the moment.  In the last few years the world as we know it has changed entirely, and every new day brings some new surprise, most often bad. There are nice surprises though, and the return of LCD Soundsystem has been like a ray of light shining through the darkness.  It’s taken almost two years since their comeback was announced on Christmas Eve of 2015, but now “american dream” has been released and the seven-year wait for a new album is over. — Read more →