Robin McAlpine: Every future Scotland – why you might be wrong about our indy work
In his weekly column Common Weal director Robin McAlpine asks readers to take a fresh look at Common Weal’s White Paper Project, which he says is an attempt to plan the establishment of an independent Scottish state so that it is fit for every future, not to impose Common Weal’s vision onto the first democratically elected government
Robin McAlpine: Scotland - fit to be a country, fit to have a currency
Common Weal director Robin McAlpine argues that establishing a Scottish currency is essential for Scotland to be a properly sovereign independent country and to banish the ‘too wee, too poor’ tag for good
OK, what now? What does the indy movement do next in shaping a pitch for the electorate? Can I suggest that we try to tackle the currency question first, since that will sort the rest out for us.
Robin McAlpine: From Yes Bikers to Yes Bankers - Why the Growth Commission gets its strategy terribly wrong
Robin McAlpine argues that whatever you think about the economics in the SNP’s Sustainable Growth Commission, the political strategy is doomed to fail because it is not based on any data-based analysis of who we need to convince and how we need to convince them
YOU’LL have had your discussion then – how was it for you? Despite the promise that the Growth Commission report was the start of a discussion, the full force of Charlotte Street Partners' lobbying and PR power has merged with the machinery of the SNP leadership. This is now clearly a three line whip.
Robin McAlpine: We need a swift end to this Growth Commission madness - and to find some self-respect
Common Weal director Robin McAlpine says the Growth Commission’s model of independence, where a foreign state controls Scotland’s monetary policy with no obligation to act in Scotland’s interests, is so alarming that Yes activists must resist it
WHO will set monetary policy in the Growth Commission's Scotland? From this question spirals an alarming vision of our future.
In the proposals Common Weal has set out Scotland would get its own currency and a central bank; monetary policy would be set domestically and democratically.
Robin McAlpine: The story the Growth Commission tells sounds like Blair, Brown and Osborne's
Common Weal director Robin McAlpine gives his take on the Growth Commission, published today [25 May]
ALL policies tell a story. They are a story about the future, and they are either about one kind of future or another. So what is the story contained in the Growth Commission report?
It's mission statement can be boiled down to this extract, which tells us it is all about...
Robin McAlpine: Hey indy supporter – it's time to screw the nut
Common Weal director Robin McAlpine looks at where the case for independence is at as Tory politicians become increasingly belligerent and dismissive in their opposition
FINALLY, the case for independence is moving forward. There have been some serious mistakes made over the last four years (lack of preparation the most serious of all) and we can't afford any more. So can I politely suggest its time for us all to screw the nut. Here are four specific examples.
We're not in Game of Thrones
Robin McAlpine: Dear mainstream media, you're not gods
Common Weal director Robin McAlpine argues that rather than smearing the independence movement with the actions of a small minority, the mainstream media should take responsiblity for its own decisions
I AM FREEDOM. I am truth. I am democracy. I am reason. I don't mean this in any abstract kind of a way, I mean it very specifically – I, personally, am the flesh and bone embodiment of justice.
Robin McAlpine: We must start a campaign now – or accept that it isn't going to happen
Common Weal Director Robin McAlpine makes a final plea for a professional, non-party Yes organisation to drive support for independence now
I HOPE this is the last time I ever write this – I'm getting bored of saying the same thing over and over and so you must be getting bored of hearing it. But if the letters page of the National, the public comments of prominent figures or a big majority of the conversations I've heard all over the country are anything to go by, this is the talk of the steamie.
Robin McAlpine: We can't be the shortcut generation – we have to engage with the world as it is
Common Weal director Robin McAlpine argues that new tech has not brought shortcuts to change – we still need to communicate with those who don’t agree with us, tell stories that are convincing and organise ourselves effectively
I read this article on CommonSpace by John Rogers with interest yesterday. In it he argues that the campaigning sector in Scotland is too fragmented and too inward focused.