Give Us Peace: On the Scottish Conservatives

by Rory Scothorne They make a desert and call it peace —Calgacus In 1968, a few months after Winnie Ewing’s shock victory for the SNP in a by-election to the hitherto safe Labour seat of Hamilton, Tom Nairn sought to get to grips with Scottish nationalism in the pages of the New Left Review. The Scottish National Party did not come off well. They were, he wrote, ‘lumpen-provincials whose parochialism finds its adequate expression in the asinine idea that a bourgeois parliament and an army will rescue the country from provincialism; as if half of Europe did not testify

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Rory Scothorne

Rory Scothorne is a co-founder and political editor of National Collective. He studies History and Politics at Edinburgh University.

Absolute: On the British General Election

by The Editors ‘Obedience to the force of gravity. The greatest sin.’ — Simone Weil, Gravity and Grace ‘Things can only get better. Can only get better, if we see it through.’ — D:ream An uncharacteristically subdued President Trump described the result of Britain’s snap general election of 8 June as ‘surprising’. The Guardian went further, calling it a ‘shock result’. The redoubtable Jon Snow for Channel 4 News was closer to the mark, that this was ‘one of the most remarkable election results in modern British History’. This was astonishing, staggering, extraordinary.

Bethany Fine

Bethany Fine is a poet living in North Georgia. She has also been published in Folk Horror Revival and OMNI Magazine.

Terese Svoboda

Terese Svoboda published When The Next Big War Blows Down the Valley: Selected and New Poems in November 2015, Anything That Burns You: A Portrait of Lola Ridge, Radical Poet in February 2016, and Professor Harriman’s Steam Air-Ship (poems) in September 2016, with Eyewear. Ravenna Press published Live Sacrifice (stories) in 2017.

Verity Spott

Verity Spott is a poet, musician and support worker based in Brighton. Verity’s books include Gideon (Barque Press), Balconette (Veer Books) and the forthcoming Poems (co-authored with Timothy Thornton, Face Press). Verity plays in the musical projects In Threads, Binnsclagg, and Four Manatees. Verity is a member of Wolf Kid Theatre.

Scrap Princess

is a mess A seething malcontention at the end of the world I’ve made opera, play, stage, and mask Made it mine(d) by/with drawing A lot of monsters a lot of noise Self taught, more self fought though I like to make garbage alive Her work can be found at

David Mabb

David Mabb is an artist who works with appropriated imagery to rethink the political implications of different aesthetic forms in modern art and design history. Recent work has focused on creating dialectic relations between the designs of Nineteenth-Century English interior designer, writer and Communist William Morris and the Russian Constructivist artist and designer El Lissitsky. About Two Worlds, printed in Salvage #1: Amid This Stony Rubbish, was first shown at Handel Street Projects, London from 16th January – 20th February 2016.

Rupa DasGupta

Rupa DasGupta is an artist, multimedia designer, and teacher from Asbury Park, New Jersey, as well as the graphic/web designer for Salvage.  

Joseph Tomaras

After 20 years of socialist militancy and geographic relocation, Joseph Tomaras finds himself the treasurer of the Southern Maine local of the Socialist Party USA and a fiction author of minor repute. His fiction can be found in places like The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, FLAPPERHOUSE, and Clarkesworld. His occasional musings are blogged at, or more frequently, tweeted at @epateur.