Is a coherent Covid recovery strategy emerging?

The Scottish Government has today launched two ‘recovery plans’ for post-pandemic Scotland, one for education and one for “those hardest hit” by Covid which seems to be a shorthand for poverty. Are these serious recovery plans? This is a question which...

What is the tenant fund really for?

The Scottish Government has announced a fund of £10 million to support people who are at risk of eviction because of rent arrears. But what is the fund really for and who actually benefits? To understand the picture it’s worth thinking in terms of political...

Is Glasgow’s GreenPrint ‘for real’?

Glasgow City Council has launched a high-profile vision for the city which it claims can take the city to ‘net zero’ by 2030 and also includes a range of eye-catching public amenity and infrastructure projects, from a new public garden over the M8 to a...

Why are there shortages and what do they mean?

There has been a lot of blame thrown around for the disruption of supply chains that have led to empty shelves, shortages of goods and rapidly-rising prices. In the UK these were initially blamed either Brexit, but this fails to account for the reality of the picture...

Scotland’s economic policy is in crisis

Failure in Scotland’s economic policy must now be accepted as endemic. The rate and consistency of economic outcomes which indicate something being seriously wrong and the repeated failure to create or deliver policy to correct this should now be a matter of...

Little learned from weekend conferences

There were two party political conferences at the weekend – the SNP online and the fledgling Alba party in person in Greenock. These have generated much noise but it isn’t obvious that we learned much over the weekend. The easier analysis to make is for Alba....

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