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David Carr: Electric dreams - The promises and challenges of electric vehicles
Commonspace columnist David Carr applauds the move towards electric vehicles but argues that it must take place in the context of wider energy and transport policies
AS part of its Programme for Government, the Scottish Government has set itself a target to phase out the need for petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2032.
David Carr: The truths and irrelevancies about Scottish oil
Commonspace columnist David Carr talks about the so-called 'grievance culture' surrounding oil - and why we must find a constructive way forward
MENTION of oil always sparks an interest in Scotland as the backbone of a strong economy. Historically it has been mismanaged, but what should be done about this?
David Carr: Beyond the McCrone report - changing Scotland’s cultural dependence on oil
CommonSpace columnist David Carr explains why oil is so over - and why that might not matter
EARLIER in the year, the discovery of new offshore oil reserves west of Shetland was greeted with celebration.
For some, this bolsters the case for wealthy future, harking back to Professor Gavin McCrone’s suppressed 1974 Scottish Office report which stated that an independent Scotland would have a "chronic surplus to a quite embarrassing degree". Here is evidence that Scotland is big, rich and clever enough to stand on its own.
David Carr: The voter’s dilemma - Labour and the SNP's manifestos compared
CommonSpace columnist David Carr examines the SNP and Labour manifestos and asks whether it’s enough to out-run the Tories
BOTH Labour and the SNP have issued strong General Election manifestos. They make impressive reading as counter-narratives to the Conservative ideology of austerity. However, each offers a dilemma for Scots voters - and that is in what they don’t say.
David Carr: Trying to make sense of the unthinkable
CommonSpace columnist David Carr gives his immediate and personal reaction to the US election result
MY girlfriend set her phone alarm alarm for 4.30am to see the result. "Oh no," she said, "it’s not looking good." That was it. No more sleep.
We lay and talked it over. We thought of the human effects on people like my friends, Ryan and Meg. Ryan is a Kiwi academic in Nebraska. with whom one day I will have a drink. They have genuine fears for his green card status and the loss of his job and career.
David Carr: My life as a sickness benefits shirker
CommonSpace columnist David Carr takes personal issue with the UK work and pensions secretary
IT was one of those moments when I could do nothing but bark apoplectically at the headline in front of me on a Facebook post: "Sitting at home on sickness benefits is bad for health."
David Carr: Me and my bus pass - good, free public transport for all
CommonSpace columnist David Carr explores what public transport means to our lives - and how it could be made better
I HAVE a card in my wallet that gives me free bus travel all over Scotland. The result of legislation carried through parliament by the Scottish Socialist Party, it is available to people over 60 or with a disability.
I can’t use night buses - that’s past disableds’ bedtime - but at least it lets me take someone along with me, in case I wander off.