Sometimes anger is the only response

First published by Common Weal My daughter recently turned 13 and had a dozen pals up for a sleepover. When they pick music or comment on the world they sound like adults, but when they go outside to play they are, at least for one more year, children. When one gets a...

The time for republicans to fight back

How’s your forelock? It’s been some ten days for a republican, ten days in which everyone recognises that you have a right to object to a hereditary monarchy one one condition – you don’t exercise that right in any way whatsoever. You can think it...

Except for what works…

First published by Common Weal When it comes to climate change and Scotland, why is it that everything is on the table other than the approach which might work? Is this political? Constitutional? Is it a question of knowledge or expertise? I honestly amn’t...

The duty not to be silent

First published by Common Weal.  This was written earlier in the week and has nothing to do with the death of the Queen. Are you finding us a bit depressing at the moment? You signed up for Common Weal because we were all about positive and exciting proposals for how...

Without arguments independence could fail

Right now, in play, in public discourse, there are two arguments for the union and none for independence. We need to worry about this. First, let me explain what I mean by argument in this context, a word I’m using as it is used in logic. In logic an argument is...

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