Why is Scotland’s shipbuilding going so wrong?

The discussion about the root cause for the failure of Scotland to deliver two ferries on time has become a tussle between two competing media stories. On the one hand the Scottish Government wants us to believe it is almost wholly due to incompetence on the part of...

The only people who can stop this

Ah right, so the email was titled “CMAL contract aware to Ferguson shipyard – a request for Ministerial approval” with a priority of “high” and was sent from the responsible civil servant to either CMAL or Fergusons (redacted, naturally) containing the words...

Learning for Change

First published by Common Weal When I left a successful career to set up think tanks there was a very particular reason. At night I was doing lots of leftie things; by day I was in charge of political strategy for Scotland’s university sector. I imagined a...

After Alba

I was on the phone to a senior independence activist when the news broke that Alex Salmond was starting a new political party. We discussed it in real time. Strangely, I don’t our first reactions have turned out to be wrong. We both held the view that the...

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