Robin McAlpine: Our era of hypocrisy isn't going to end well – for anyone
CommonSpace columnist and Common Weal director Robin McAlpine says we need to start owning our own hypocrisy before it's too late
I VERY much hope that as I am writing this the west's liberal opinion-deciders are in a conclave deciding what the 'correct' opinion is on Zimbabwe. I'd hate to get it embarrassingly wrong.
Robin McAlpine: A 'clean economy' is a great sell for indy – but we have to mean it
CommonSpace columnist and Common Weal director Robin McAlpine warns that Scotland is not immune from the culture that created the Paradise Papers
I HAPPENED to be in Brussels on the day the second tranche of the Panama Papers was released, attending a summit on the state of corporate lobbying in Europe.
About 20 of us met with the German Green MEP who had been behind much of the media coordination of their release and it became clear that views on what would happen next were divided into two camps.
Robin McAlpine: History does not end and the EU can't prevent it
CommonSpace columnist and Common Weal director Robin McAlpine says the global, liberal elite is on the wrong side of history
DO YOU remember when the neoliberals were announcing the 'end of history'? They had discovered the perfect, unchangeable economic and social order. So perfect was it that there were no chances of failure and no serious reason for any further debate.
Robin McAlpine: Scotland thinks it's the good guy. Tell the insects that
CommonSpace columnist and Common Weal director Robin McAlpine says Scotland needs to become a serious leader in the fight to save the environment
I GREW up in the countryside. I also grew up in an animal-loving family which was perfectly content for us to coexist with the odd spider or daddy long legs in the house.
Bugs and beasties have been a continuous part of my life for as long as I can remember. I never really understood other people's loathing of them – they seem such fascinating and interesting creatures.
Robin McAlpine: An economy for us needs companies for us
CommonSpace columnist and Common Weal director Robin McAlpine makes the case for nationalisation across energy, banking, housing and transport
THERE are two ways you can look at the proposal for a national energy company. You could see it as a populist stunt, a sort of electoral bribe in which voters get the promise of cheaper electricity and gas. But you shouldn't.
Robin McAlpine: It's time to end corporate interests' hold over food and housing
CommonSpace columnist and Common Weal director Robin McAlpine says Scotland has the opportunity to transform its approach to food and housing
I’VE BEEN AT TWO important events in the last couple of weeks and each raised important questions about how we're living in Scotland – and what we should be doing.
One was the Scottish Food Summit, the other Common Weal's Good Housekeeping conference. Between them they paint a picture of Britain as a country which has got its priorities upside down.
Robin McAlpine: It is power, not principle, which is creating the Catalan crisis
CommonSpace columnist and Common Weal director Robin McAlpine explores the power game at the heart of the fight for Catalan independence
THE unfolding hostage situation in Spain took a nasty turn this week when a number of people who should know better took the side of the hostage-takers.
Robin McAlpine: A vision of the future
CommonSpace columnist and Common Weal director Robin McAlpine found hope amid the heartache and chaos of Mexico's recent earthquake
FOR our household it's been a week with some real worries and fears. My partner Cristina is Mexican and for a number of hours after the earthquake it wasn't clear if all of her friends and extended family in Mexico were OK. After a difficult night glued to Facebook and Whatsapp, she learned they were.
But it's what happened next which lifted me.
Robin McAlpine: Winners make decisions, losers wait for things to happen
CommonSpace columnist and Common Weal director Robin McAlpine says there are three possible options for the independence movement.
I know it will surprise many of you but I don't want to spend the rest of my life writing about constitutional politics. I've always been in this for social outcomes and constitutional politics alone does not deliver these.
Robin McAlpine: Indy Scotland: we're making mistakes, so we must learn
CommonSpace columnist and Common Weal director Robin McAlpine says the independence movement must wake up
I'VE been wondering when to write this. Not everyone is going to like it; some may think it's unhelpful – disloyal even. But I'm going to argue that not talking about things is leading to serious mistakes.
We're a few days away from the third anniversary of losing the independence referendum. It is telling that there appears to be much less appetite for either celebration or commemoration this year. So I think now might be the time to bite the bullet.
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