Why is everything going wrong? 1: Control

The full series: Introduction | Part One | Part Two | Part Three | Part Four | Part Five Previous | Next The Scottish Government has a rigidness of hierarchy which is towards the far end of the scale. More than one Cabinet Secretary has joked in public that they...

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...

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