Am I missing something?

Every so often in life I find myself stopping, looking at strong assumptions I hold and I wonder to myself if I’m missing something. I’ve never been afraid of being wrong or admitting it. My goal in life is always to find out what I’ve missed, what...

Democracy is something you do – and can do better

First published by Common Weal From academics to democracy experts, local communities to activist, small businesses to political commentators, constitution-builders to serving councillors, it seems that absolutely everyone now recognises that there is something deeply...

Bad bureaucracy burns buildings

When there is something seemingly murky happening in public life and I can’t quite get a solid take on it I will often look to see what others whose opinions I respect think on the matter. I’m damned if I can quite put my finger on what is going on with...

Let’s play ‘Fiddle or Muddle’

In 2001, in a last attempt to persuade people that he wasn’t corrupt over a minor paperwork error around his constituency office, Henry McLeish told the Scottish Parliament that the mistake was “a muddle, not a fiddle”. Literally everyone in Scottish politics...

Who are Scotland’s voices?

First published by Common Weal Common Weal has been up at the STUC Congress this week. The range of issues discussed over the three days show that the trade union movement in Scotland remains as essential as it ever was with everything from the safety of railways to...

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