In which, against his better judgement, Robin tells a story about writing the new Common Weal book as a metaphor for how the independence movement can start to get out of the doldrums…
This is a democracy so if we’re not winning people over to independence we’re not winning. So why are we so obsessed with what we want and not what they want?
The independence movement has huffed and puffed for nearly a decade since the referendum, but has nothing real to show for it. This is the story of why that happened.
To understand what a mess has been made of the cause of independence it is worth going back to the pre-devolution era to remind ourselves how they did it.
You think there is a broad political consensus in Scotland. Unfortunately the people who are actually running the country have their own consensus – and it’s quite different.
There is no question the cause of independence is in a mess. To get out of that mess we need to be clear about what got us here in the first place, because doing more of the same won’t help.
Whatever the Supreme Court verdict, the task remains exactly the same – the independence movement needs to shift public opinion. Everything else is just noise.
The NHS is in a genuine crisis and the political right are gunning for it. We must believe it can be fixed if the NHS is to survive – and it really can be fixed…
The Scottish Government claims it can’t tax wealth because of lack of powers but would consider it if it had them. Neither statement stands up to scrutiny.
The quality of products and especially the quality of customer service in the UK is dire – blame private equity
Abysmal ‘Green Papers’, pointless podcasts, indeterminate government policy reports – what on earth is going on with the official independence campaign?
Common Weal is about to publish a new book with a vision for an independent Scotland. This is a first teaser about what we’ve been trying to do.