The laces ol Radical Scotland
_ Doomsday for the radicals
The magazine that coined the phrase ‘doomsday scenario' —Tory victory nationwide despite electoral deleat in Scotland — is about to meet its own day . ol judgement. Radical Scotland is going into retirement alter its next issue (June/July 1991) hits the shelves.
Founded in 1983 as an independent voice lor Scottish sell-government argued irom a lelt-wing perspective, the magazine has lor some years been at the lorelront ol the campaign lor the . Scottish Constitutional Convention. But now, .alter 51 issues, the editorial board ieel that the competition has ; caught up. '
‘Until very recently we tell that we provided a better case lor sell-government than anyone else,’ '
‘ says editor Alan Lawson. ‘But as a
bi-monthly magazine, we leel a bit by-passed now by the speed at political events in Scotland in the lead-up to sell-government and by the laster reportage ol the mainstream press. Some ol the quality articles we carry deserve to be seen in the mainstream press, and it would be betterlo put over our arguments there ratherthan to our small readership.’
Now that Radical Scotland’s political
P identity has become a common part at
Scotland’s current allairs coverage, the magazine could be said to be a
? victim at its own success. In this
; respect it has achieved its original
g aims, and so despite the lact that
i competition dealt a latal blow, Alan E Lawson is lar lrom depressed.
‘Now people are picking and choosing, and nibbling at what they
read. There is so much on ollerthat
people are reading our magazine less thoroughly, buying it out at loyalty. What everone has to recognise is that the magazine is the means to an end, not an end in itsell.’ (Alan Morrison)
I CHERHOBYL: In the wake ol the lilth anniversary at the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl, Edinburgh District Council has launched an initiative to coordinate aid between Scotland’s capital and its twin city ol Kiev, where most at the Chernobyl victims are treated. Medical experts, charities and voluntary groups will join together with their Soviet counterparts to create a concerted reliel ellort. tn the lirst ten months at 1990 over 5000 children needed treatment tor radiation-related diseases at Kiev’s Institute oi Oncology.
I HOSPITALS: Opposition politicians are stepping up pressure on Scottish hospitals considering opting out at local health authority control (The List 145). Alter less than one month as sell-goveming trusts, Guy's Hospital in London and Bradlord Royal Inlirmary have announced around 1000 stall redundancies in order to meet budgetary requirements. The Scottish schedule lor opting out is running one year behind England and Wales, and so let only two hospitals, in Ayr and Larbert, have applied lor sell-goveming status.
I KURDISTAN: Scottish Solidarity with
the Kurds and the People ol Iraq are organising a procession and vigil on Saturday 4 May lor those who died and those still dying in the Cult. The procession will assemble at Kelvingrove Park at 12.45pm. A benelit evening lor Kurdish relugees will take place later in the month-at 10pm on 15 May— at the Tunnel Club, including a hair show by Rita Rusk, comedy irom the Funny Farm and music lrom The River Detectives, Jesse Rae, Slam 0Js and others. Inlormation on both events is available irom 0r Kamal Ketuly, Chair at the Friends at Kurdistan, on 041 945 3911.
I SHELTER: The housing pressure group are holding a one-day conlerence on the issue ol homeless young Scots in London, a mixture ol talks and seminars locusing on the recently-published survey report on the subject, Living on the Borderline. The event takes place on Friday 17 May at the Swallow Hotel, Glasgow, and costs
£25 per delegate lorvoluntary
organisations and £35 ior others, including lunch. Booking and lull details irom Lesley Allan, Shelter (Scotland), 65 Cockbum Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1BU, 226 6347.
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