Robin McAlpine: Stopping another Carillion scandal requires a public solution to a private problem, and this is it
CommonSpace columnist and Common Weal director Robin McAlpine outlines how the culture of private management of public projects and services could be changed
TODAY'S Scotsman has an article from Bill Jamieson making the argument that the Carillion collapse is regrettable but that the only solution is to let 'capitalism' fix the problem.
Robin McAlpine: Indy optimism for 2018 requires us to rediscover our stories
CommonSpace columnist and Common Weal director Robin McAlpine says the Yes movement must get the vision for a new life under independence across
PERHAPS it says something about the kind of people I bump into but I can't say I've picked up a lot of optimism about the year ahead – pretty well from anyone.
So let me kick off the year with something that I have become quite excited about again; Scottish independence. I know, I know – when was I not a 'true believer' ... but sometimes you believe in things that don't necessarily make you feel optimistic.
Robin McAlpine: I refuse to go out of 2017 in misery...
CommonSpace columnist and Common Weal director Robin McAlpine is focusing on this year's positive developments in Scottish politics and looking ahead to 2018
LET ME just start by saying that 2017 has been a pretty miserable year for progressively-minded, independence supporting people. (This column will get cheerier quite quickly, promise...)
Robin McAlpine: Scotland has a great option for fixing tax – but it's not income tax
CommonSpace columnist and Common Weal director Robin McAlpine takes a look at Scotland's tax options
THE current tax debate in Scotland has got me a bit down. I know I have a habit of moaning about the quality of some political debate in Scotland and you may not be wrong simply to write me off as a habitual Cassandra. But what is being written and said about tax isn't changing my mind.
Robin McAlpine: Richard Leonard may find that neither football nor politics is fair
CommonSpace columnist and Common Weal director Robin McAlpine presents the immediate weaknesses in Richard Leonard's Scottish Labour leadership
AND SO another new dawn begins for Scottish Labour. Let me explore a couple of substantial issues by beginning with a more trivial one.
First, as a west-of-Scotland male I'm contractually obliged to disown the view that football matters in any way. It's also true that I have a very limited personal interest in the sporting allegiances of those who lead us.
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.
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