Why does this election mean so little to me?

First published by Common Weal Let me be honest with you; objectively this could reasonably be argued to be the General Election at which the most is at stake for decades. It’s the combination of the scale of the social, economic and environmental issues facing...

How to stop scandals happening

If the infected blood scandal feels to you awfully like the Post Office Horizon scandal or the Grenfell scandal, you’re not wrong. But it should also feel like dozens of other scandals too, from the Edinburgh Trams mess to that school they...

The Care Bil must be stopped at all costs

First published by Common Weal There is a vision for the future of Scotland that no-one is telling you about, because if you heard it you wouldn’t like it. Yet still onwards drive the people who seem determined to make it a reality. What should worry you is that the...

What is possible and what isn’t

Nothing ever happens, nothing happens at all. The needle returns to the start of the song and we all sing along like before. So here we are, same place, new day. What can we do about it? Every time you hear a song replayed it means something slightly different, it...

Two portraits of a fall

There are two images from the last week or so that stick in my head, though I saw neither first-hand. One is Humza Yousaf heading off to his bed on Sunday evening, still convinced he had a chance of surviving. The other is a get-together of his assassins. For me it is...

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