Don’t knock doors

When there is no immediate decision-point ahead, knocking people’s doors and disturbing them during their busy lives is not only ineffective, it’s counterproductive.

But How?

If you look at the pieces which are currently on the board in Scottish political and civic life, you can push them around as much as you want but you don’t seem to be able to fix things. It is time to start a proper debate about what’s wrong.

The SNP is now an idiocracy

If you spend ten years forcing bright-but-challenging people out of an institution and you replace them with compliant people who don’t ask questions, what you end up with is, well, the modern SNP.

The art of working together

Social movements have always required people to collaborate beyond their normal boundaries, but the tone of contemporary politics is making that harder and harder. We need to overcome this barrier and work together if we want change.

How bad is this?

The Murrell arrest and the sheer shock-value of what is happening in Scotland today looks, well, bad. In reality it is probably all worse than it looks, and the route out of this is going to be hard to swallow.

Is this a new dawn for civic Scotland?

The weaknesses in political Scotland make the role of civic Scotland particularly important. What can the past tell us about the civic role in Scotland and what does it tell us about the future?

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