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...

Does Scotland jail too many people?

Today the Council of Europe has issued its latest version of its annual snapshot of prison populations around Europe (the Prisons and Prisoners in Europe: 2021). It does not make pleasant reading for Scotland. The report covers the 47 European countries who...

How to save government in Scotland

In 2019 I warned that the under-reporting of a long string of Scottish Government errors and failures would not continue indefinitely and that it would have serious consequences when that track record caught up with them. We’re now well past that point and one...

Five things a serious economic strategy would do

First published by Common Weal The Scottish Government’s ten-year economic strategy has been unveiled and it is fair to say it has been met with something short of enthusiasm. Its staunchest supporter would struggle to argue that it offers anything new on the...

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