Robin McAlpine: Welcome to nowhere – I think you'll like it
Common Weal director Robin McAlpine says that while big banking executives may be frightened by an approach to public policy which comes from ‘nowhere’, grassroots and transparent popular policy could be revolutionary
IT’S been a good week for Common Weal, and perhaps the highlight was when I got the text last Friday night to say that after a great targeted campaign by the team we, alongside our grassroots partners in the SNP, successfully got a motion to support a National Infrastructure Company onto the provisional agenda for the SNP Spring conference.
Robin McAlpine: 'Your bloody GDP, not ours' - why the Growth Commission might not change minds
Common Weal director Robin McAlpine argues that if the SNP’s Growth Commission on the economics of an independent Scotland plums for a New Zealand high-growth model, they will have a tough job selling it to the public
IN THE wake of the first news from the Growth Commission (that New Zealand is the new nirvana) there seems to be an expectation that this is going to be some kind of battle with Common Weal. I don't want to encourage that kind of thinking if it can be avoided.
Robin McAlpine: Why we'll keep CommonSpace going – even if it's hard
CommonSpace columnist and Common Weal director Robin McAlpine marks the departure of CommonSpace editor Angela Haggerty with a commitment to the future
BY THE time this article is published we should have appointed a new editor for CommonSpace (we're finishing interviews this morning and many thanks to Paul Kavanagh - aka Wee Ginger Dug - for sitting on the panel).
Robin McAlpine: Nicola Sturgeon is alienating the indy movement and trampling on decades of SNP foreign policy over Russia
CommonSpace columnist and Common Weal director Robin McAlpine says Nicola Sturgeon has linked arms with Theresa May on British foreign policy over Russia and it does not bode well for the indy movement
A FEW years ago when I was deeply involved in the campaign to stop the SNP reversing its position on Nato membership, one of the arguments I made forcibly was that Nato is not a 'club' but an ideology.
Robin McAlpine: Here's why CommonSpace is right to delete its comment section
CommonSpace columnist and Common Weal director Robin McAlpine is worried about the nature of online discussion and information-sharing - is it as empowering as we think?
I'VE been writing about why the 'right to be heard' needs to be balanced by a 'right to hear' for quite a while now. When I first did I was thinking mainly of the way the media controlled so much of the flow of information to the public, and how much didn't get through.
Robin McAlpine: No-one wants to be SNP deputy leader – which should worry you
CommonSpace columnist and Common Weal director Robin McAlpine is concerned at the apparent lack of enthusiasm from parliamentarians to join the SNP leadership
AS a non-party supporter of independence I've tried to follow through on my decision not to join a party by limiting how much I comment on their internal matters. But I can't be the only non-aligned indy supporter who is at least a bit alarmed by the SNP deputy leadership race.
You can argue that this race could have been about any one of four things.
Robin McAlpine: This is how much it will really cost to build an independent Scotland
CommonSpace columnist and Common Weal director Robin McAlpine has spent 18 months with his team working out the building blocks of an indy Scotland - and the results are in
ALL has been madness at Common Weal – after 18 months of hard work we're nearly at the end of the White Paper Project. And it ends with a book which tries to walk through the entire process needed to go from a vote for independence to actual independence day.
Robin McAlpine: When accountants start time travelling, it's time for a new system
CommonSpace columnist and Common Weal director Robin McAlpine says it’s time to get the Big Four out of public policy making
YOU KNOW in every TV series you've ever seen about organised crime – from the Godfather to the Wire – there's always a lawyer, banker or accountant who enables the whole criminal operation but is clever enough to always be at arms length?
Robin McAlpine: Want a better Scotland? Here's one way we can start right now
CommonSpace columnist and Common Weal director Robin McAlpine calls for a transformation of policy-making in Scotland
FOR the vast majority of people, the civil service is a total mystery. In as far as they know anything much about it, they will probably be dealing in an inaccurate concoction of out of date stereotypes and a handful of personal anecdotes.
So mostly the civil service manages to avoid being much of a subject of conversation in the world of public politics. Which is a real shame, because there's a lot to talk about.