Competence is not only an individual attribute but a collective one; if the collective culture is incompetent it creates incompetence in all who are subject to it
Government’s aren’t ‘ideas’ or ‘personalities’, they’re structures of people doing specific jobs. If you get the structure wrong, the job won’t be done properly
It is the detail of a policy more than the concept which will determine its fate – but you can’t retrofit good, effective detail onto a bad idea
The key to effective government isn’t knowing what you want to achieve but having a consistent, thorough understanding of how you are going to achieve it
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
The political forces impacting on independence appear to be cancelling themselves out in a stalemate. The only variable which seems to be in play is public support.
Two new reports from the Scottish Government on Covid recovery read more like a rebranding exercise for what is already happening than as marking any meaningful change
The Scottish Government has announced a fund to protect tenants from eviction – but is that really what it is for?
Glasgow City Council has launched a high-profile green development plan for the city. Should we be taking this seriously?
Sudden shortages of consumer goods at the global level can’t be blamed on Covid or Brexit – those are only the shocks which revealed the underlying problem
More news of industrial failures casts a harsh light on how well economic policy in Scotland is performing
Both the SNP and Alba had party conferences at the weekend but neither told us anything we didn’t already know