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RobinMcAlpine.org

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Welcome – come on in

Hi and welcome to RobinMcAlpine.org. This is my attempt to do what I can to contribute more to Scotland by creating a place where you can get solid news and policy analysis, opinions on current affairs, new ideas to think about and resources to help explain important things that are happening. But it really isn't about me. My work in Common Weal means I get great access to a lot of information, knowledge and expertise – but I can't even begin to cover the entire gap in the scrutiny of Scotland's policy and democracy. That's why I want to start by asking for your help. If you have policy expertise or direct experience of public life in Scotland and think that people would benefit from you explaining what you know or revealing what you've seen and are willing to write about it, please get in touch. Or perhaps you're struggling to get a community initiative off the ground in the face of...

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Why is everything going wrong? 1: Control

Centralised, shallow, top-down policy-making fails because it fails to engage with stakeholders (and reality) before objectives are announced, leading to incoherence and instability

Why is everything going wrong?

Errors and failures by the Scottish Government stretch as far as the eye can see. Introducing a short series to explore why the structure and culture of this administration is causing it to happen.

Lead

Welcome – come on in

Hi and welcome to RobinMcAlpine.org. This is my attempt to do what I can to contribute more to Scotland by creating a place where you can get solid news and policy analysis, opinions on current affairs, new ideas to think about and resources to help explain important...

read more

Latest

Why is everything going wrong? 1: Control

Centralised, shallow, top-down policy-making fails because it fails to engage with stakeholders (and reality) before objectives are announced, leading to incoherence and instability

Why is everything going wrong?

Errors and failures by the Scottish Government stretch as far as the eye can see. Introducing a short series to explore why the structure and culture of this administration is causing it to happen.

Opinion

Why is everything going wrong?

Errors and failures by the Scottish Government stretch as far as the eye can see. Introducing a short series to explore why the structure and culture of this administration is causing it to happen.

Opinion

Why is everything going wrong?

Errors and failures by the Scottish Government stretch as far as the eye can see. Introducing a short series to explore why the structure and culture of this administration is causing it to happen.

Analysis

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Ideas

Set up Policy Academies

Big, open, transparent, public centres of thinking to develop the best possible public policy in Scotland, Policy Academies could transform government

Elsewhere

Bad drafting and a devolution reality check

Craig Dalzell explains what happened with the Supreme Court rulings on two pieces of Scottish Parliament legislation is just devolution as it was designed, exposed by terrible legislation-writing

Class war is all over our TV

An interesting piece from Neil Mackay on the way that music has become banal but TV has become furiously angry at the state of the world

The damage Merkel did to Europe

Yanis Varoufakis writes an unflinching analysis of the surprisingly negative impact of Angela Merkel’s reign as Europe’s most influential politician

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