Robin McAlpline: RIP 'Moderates' – I'm not sure you'll be missed
Common Weal Director Robin McAlpine argues the Yellow Vests protests in France marks the end of a 40 years political empire that said it didn’t have an ideology but always ruled for the rich – Moderatism.
IF 2018 IS REMEMBERED by history, I suspect it may be as the year the political empire of 'Moderates' finally falls apart irreparably.
Robin McAlpine: A Scotland Withdrawal Bill, and other indy tasks at hand
Common Weal director Robin McAlpine looks at questionnaire responses from the pro-independence movement about what the challenges it faces are – and finds there is a lot of work to do
IN THE last few months I've been immersing myself in the positive case for independence; there really is a lot to be optimistic about. But let's not kid ourselves on that we don't face some problems as well, or that we can dodge them.
Robin McAlpine: Autonomy movements in Africa and Europe have more in common than we're told
Common Weal director Robin McAlpine argues that while unionists don’t want any comparison to be made between Scottish independence and Africa’s decolonisation process, a recent conference on the Canary Islands has convinced him that there are real and meaningful connections and parallels
IT IS an absolute rule when debating Scottish independence that it is never compared to the decolonisation process in Africa. As with all the debating rules of Scottish independence, this rule is set by the unionists.
Robin McAlpine: We're letting history pass independence by - the movement should be angry
Robin McAlpine, Common Weal Director, says the independence cause is being let down by a chronic lack of leadership – if that doesn’t change soon the moment will be gone
“ONE small step for man – because these space-trousers are tighter than they look.”
“I have a dream – which I must remember to tell you about some day.”
“We shall fight them on the beaches – but we'll probably just give up after that.”
Robin McAlpine: Indy support for a People's Vote must be tied to indyref2 guarantees
Common Weal director Robin McAlpine says the arguments for independence supporters to unconditionally support a People’s Vote without any guarantees on the right to a Scottish independence referendum are ill conceived
RIGHT, the 'People's Vote' debate. Let’s start with an entirely dogmatic statement, which is true nonetheless.
In the short term, a second vote on Brexit is undoubtedly bad for those who want to see Scottish independence in the near future – irrespective of which side wins.
Robin McAlpine: British propaganda has made a mockery of the centenary of Armistice
Common Weal director Robin McAlpine rails against the BBC’s coverage of the centenary of the end of the First World War
SO ARMISTICE is nearly upon us, and the weapons I'm looking forward to being put down largely involve the British state's propaganda tools. Disgracefully, this World War One centenary seems to have been only one more chance to promote a Patriotic British Militarism.
Robin McAlpine: Why my worries about democracy don't start in Brazil
Common Weal director Robin McAlpine says there seems to be declining support for democracy everywhere he turns but it needs to be defended and rebooted, because the alternative is terrifying
I HAVE been worrying about the future of democracy this week – but my worries don't start in Brazil.
Robin McAlpine: Karine Polwart's finances make me wonder what the hell we really value
Common Weal director Robin Mcalpine argues our society does not place value on people with creativity and energy, instead rewarding mediocrity and bureaucracy
AT THE weekend I hunted out Karine Polwart's truly wonderful 2012 album Traces for a re-listen. I'm glad I did. It reminded me how good it is.
But it also pissed me off. Not the music I hasten to add, the fact that what prompted me to play it again was an interview with Karine in which she talked about the financial difficulty of trying to make a living making music in Scotland.
Robin McAlpine: Below the surface, the tides of public opinion are moving towards independence
Common Weal Director Robin McAlpine analyses new data on attitudes towards Scottish independence, and finds big opportunities for the Yes movement
I'VE WRITTEN on a number of occasions recently that I believe Scotland is clearly moving towards independence. Is this just wish fulfilment?
Robin McAlpine: We can't get our hands dirty if they're raised in surrender
Common Weal director Robin McAlpine argues that the Yes movement desperately needs to identify a strategy to get to independence, and then pursue it without fear
‘WAIT until the autumn – just be patient. By the end of October there will be a firm date for an independence referendum and a clear strategy will be set out. You don't need to worry your head about it.’ Or so I have been told a number of times over the last year. So can we have a serious debate about strategy now?