Finding hope in hard work

First published by Common Weal I never do this. I never write about myself. I just don’t think you should be the slightest interested in ‘my journey’ or ‘my struggles’ or be subjected to a long spiel about how I overcame the challenges I...

Reorientate Part 3: The work to be done

In Part One I looked at the history of how Scotland won its Parliament. In Part Two I argued that the post-2014 independence movement went in a very different direction and ended up a blind alley. I want to finish by trying to reset, have a look at where we are now...

Reorientate Part 2: Street party in a blind alley

Yesterday I just ran over a very basic history lesson about how devolution was delivered. There is something I wanted to emphasise in part through omission – I didn’t mention the 1997 referendum. It didn’t greatly matter; by that point the only unknown was...

Reorientate Part One: When We Were Giants

It is plain to see to anyone who is paying even a little attention that the current ‘strategy for independence’ has come off the rails permanently. A few people may be following on behind the ‘plebiscite election’ bandwagon but it seems to be...

What the powerful really think

First published by Common Weal Last week I wrote about how to begin to save the NHS and I warned that if the left doesn’t define what ‘saving the NHS’ looks like, the right will. And as if on cue we get a leaked story about ‘co-payment’...

When lost, stop following what led you here

When lost, in the absence of a better plan, it is worth retracing your steps to work out how you got to where you are – and the Scottish independence movement is nothing if not lost. Before we make yet another mistake, let’s see if we can learn what it is...

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