Robin McAlpine: Nationalism – a trade union for the people
CommonSpace columnist and Common Weal director Robin McAlpine says the Ruth Davidson brand of nationalism needs closer scrutiny
I'VE argued a couple of times recently that while I recognise Ruth Davidson's skills, I'm also very conscious of what seem to me to be her limitations. This week, as she took a shot at intellectualism, she clearly reached those limitations.
Robin McAlpine: Indy supporter – don't fall for the trick of confidence
CommonSpace columnist and Common Weal director Robin McAlpine says there is a lot of bluffing going on in Scottish politics
YES, we're in the middle of an election, but does it seem to you that Scottish politics is dominated by 'confidence tricks' even more than usual? And, importantly, whose confidence is up and whose is down as a result – and why?
Robin McAlpine: Why I wish we could vote in real local elections today
CommonSpace columnist and Common Weal director Robin McAlpine says elections will make little difference when local government is fundamentally broken
I DON'T think there will be many of you out there who feel immersed in a rich and detailed national debate about our local democracy or spoiled for choice with visions of localism.
So, on the day we vote in Scotland's local elections, can we ever expect local democracy in Scotland to really matter?
Robin McAlpine: Unionists, you've had your fun with polarisation. Now it's our turn
CommonSpace columnist and Common Weal director Robin McAlpine says the independence movement is the only thing that can rid Scotland of 'Total Tory Rule'
NONE of this is how I'd like it to be. I don't want Scotland's future decided in animosity. I want a genuine, open, considerate and positive national discussion about our hopes and dreams and all that stuff.
Robin McAlpine: Are you ready for 'Sexy Brexit'? We need to be
CommonSpace columnist and Common Weal director Robin McAlpine says Yes campaigners must pay close attention to how unionists are trying to frame ScotRef vs Brexit
IF WE listen carefully to the noises coming out of the pro-UK camp just now, there is reason to believe that independence campaigners may have to recalibrate our thinking a little.
Robin McAlpine: The economy isn't Scotland's problem – it's everyone but London's problem
CommonSpace columnist and Common Weal director Robin McAlpine says unionist analysis of UK economics is fundamentally flawed
WHEN in conversation with a unionist, generally you are never far away from the broad assumption that the Scots are economically backwards and that it is the fate of the union to save us from our inherent weakness.
Robin McAlpine: Be careful - it isn't GERS that's the con, it's the spin on it that's the problem
CommonSpace columnist and Common Weal director Robin McAlpine says GERS figures are put together in good faith but they aren't capable of representing Scotland's true financial position
SO unionists really, really want to talk about GERS and deficit? OK then, let's talk about GERS and deficit.
And let's cut to the chase – if France or Germany or Belgium or Italy were to have their fiscal deficits calculated through the GERS methodology, their deficits would spiral too.
Robin McAlpine: Yessers must think like winners, act like winners and keep #ScotRef positive
CommonSpace columnist and Common Weal director Robin McAlpine says it's important for the independence movement to set the tone of the #ScotRef debate and challenge the lazy old frames
SO as far as I can make out the UK Government's official position is now "no Scotland, you can't leave – this suicide pact won't work without you". (To which the only sensible response is 'you first'.)
Robin McAlpine: 7 things Yessers need to know as #ScotRef gets underway
CommonSpace columnist and Common Weal director Robin McAlpine outlines some key points for Yes campaigners as plans for a second independence referendum take shape
IF anyone else happens to be feeling a little guilt that one of their reactions to Monday's news was not elation but a bit of anxiety and a touch of fear, I suspect there is quite a big club you can join. I'm certainly a member.
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