What does a land-owning democracy mean?

First published by Common Weal Some of my earliest memories are of smell – I can distinctly recall the scent of my parent’s coffee percolator from when I was three. But it was when we moved to a rural area aged five that I was introduced to the founding odours...

Why we shouldn’t save Grangemouth

First published by The National At the start of a week in which the European Court of Human Rights found Switzerland culpable for failing to act on climate change, Scotland is debating the future of an oil refinery. Clearly I’m a strong believer in the need to...

“See my shortbread tower – and weep!”

Did you see that wonderful sculpture of the Forth Road Bridge last week? The one made out of sausages assembled by the German tourist board? No, of course you didn’t, because it’s sitting in the pile of ‘ideas so cringey we don’t mention...

Let’s set democracy free – to change us

First published by Common Weal I was almost an engineer. My dad was an engineer and I was brought up with the importance of having a bit of an engineering brain drilled into me. It was only in my last year at high school, just before submitting my UCAS form, that I...

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