Robin Mcalpine: Don’t be down in the dumps - do something powerful
Common Weal director Robin McAlpine says the solution to political despondency is to take action – with the development of a Scottish National Energy Company the perfect opportunity to show Scotland can be better
ONE of the most useful lessons I was ever given was very simple – when you're down in the dumps, do something useful.
Robin McAlpine: Common Weal is embracing politics from the bottom-up - people power is our only hope
Common Weal director Robin McAlpine explains why the organisation has moved to the Kinning Park Complex community centre – making the case for politics done from the bottom-up
WE NEED to bring people back into politics or we're all in big trouble. That has been my conclusion from the rise of Trump and the far right, Brexit and all the rest. But this is a negative view, a defensive view. It reflects a history of failure.
Robin McAlpine: This is a chance for Holyrood to be better than Westminster – so why isn't it happening?
Common Weal Director Robin McAlpine says compromise to agree a Scottish Budget would be a great signal that Scotland still has a shared project – but that opportunity may have been blown
THE problems the SNP seems to be having getting its budget through is a valuable reminder of something we've forgotten in Scotland – our democracy was designed with the expectation of at least a degree of 'togetherness'. We would all do well to remember it.
Robin McAlpine: Independence lies down a path between stoicism and fury
Common Weal Director Robin McAlpine argues that there is two wrong approaches to independence, both of which must be avoided – the passive approach and the politically immature approach
PHEW, thank goodness John Major won the 1992 General Election, because otherwise the devolution movement's patient 20-year plan would have been scuppered.
Robin McAlpine: We're in the wrong place, going the wrong direction. Things have to change.
Common Weal Director Robin McAlpine says that mistakes have been made which have left the independence movement in a much weaker position than it should be – but there’s still time to turn it around
AT THE 2016 Scottish Elections, when there were strident calls that only 'Both Votes SNP' would deliver a second referendum, there were quite a few of us who mistakenly thought that meant a second indyref and not a 'People's Vote' on saving the UK from itself.
Robin McAlpine: Why the debate about MMT in the indy movement is exactly what we need right now
Common Weal director Robin McAlpine finds that the debate around Modern Monetary Theory can help the independence movement develop an economic case for independence far better than a redacted version of the Growth Commission
IT’S been really interesting to start the year with a debate over Modern Monetary Theory. I think it speaks well of the independence movement that we're even looking at these important issues, thinking which is woefully absent from much of the UK economic debate.
Robin McAlpine: Joy as an act of resistance
In his final column of the year, Common Weal director Robin McAlpine makes the case for eudemonic happiness, where we ditch searching for the latest consumerist high or even faddish political narrative, and instead embrace cost-free joy
MY FAVOURITE (and I think the most vital) album of 2018 is by a Bristol band called Idles.
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.