The Covid excuses simply don’t stack up

Sorry, no, could you explain this to me again? The Scottish Government sent untested patients into care homes to protect them from Covid? And when they did test someone and they had Covid they sent them to care homes anyway. Because no-one new about pre-symptomatic...

Bad debate costs lives

First published by Common Weal One of my enduring concerns is that the quality of policy debate in Scotland is not what it should be. Sometimes it feels like a cycle in which the Scottish Government proposes something that others are sceptical about and then we all...

The Democrisis: Part Three – Home to roost

The full series: Part One | Part Two  Next There is a reason the slogan ‘enough is enough’ (briefly) caused such waves. It is a tight articulation of a crucial human attribute – we can absorb a lot of negative impacts on us right up until we are either...

The Democrisis: Part Two – Hey Tina!

The full series: Part One | Part Three   Next Yesterday I tried to show that the fundamental underlying reason people are angry, alienated and mistrustful is that they were lied to about the benefits of a wild economic experiment they were promised would make them...

The Democrisis: Part One – Everybody Knows

The full series: Part Two | Part Three  Next According to everyone, Europe (and beyond) faces a crisis of democracy this year as a series of important elections look like they may result in a sharp shift to the authoritarian right and a host of economic and social...

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