Thank goodness for cheap stuff, eh?

First published by Common Weal Last week there was a comment under my newsletter article which suggested that I hadn’t sufficiently recognised or reflected on the fact that globalised neoliberal capitalism has made products much cheaper for consumers. Let me put...

Matheson: explaining the inexplicable

It had not been my intention to write about the SNP and Michael Matheson again but people keep contacting me in bewilderment asking me if I can offer any coherent reason for why any of this has happened. Briefly, this is my best assessment – but throughout just hold...

This is an election without economic substance

The fundamental problem with this election? No-one will talk about the underlying real issues facing Scotland and the UK with any seriousness. Everything is talked about in various combinations of political cliché which now have almost the specific purpose of...

Why does this election mean so little to me?

First published by Common Weal Let me be honest with you; objectively this could reasonably be argued to be the General Election at which the most is at stake for decades. It’s the combination of the scale of the social, economic and environmental issues facing...

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