Stuart Crawford and Richard Marsh: Defending an Independent Scotland post-Brexit
Stuart Crawford and Richard Marsh, authors of a 2012 RUSI paper on defence in an independent Scotland, find that changed circumstances since 2014 means a different set of priorities for defence spending after independence is needed, with some important implications for the size of an independent Scotland’s defence budget
Robin McAlpine: This is a moment for honesty - we haven't made enough progress in the past 5 years
Common Weal Director Robin McAlpine argues that the independence cause has not moved forward sufficiently in the half-decade since indyref. Robin will be discussing this more at our CommonSpace Forum to mark five years since indyref on Thursday 26 September.
Michael McEwan: It's a matter of dignity that public toilets should be accessible for all
MIchael McEwan, CS columnist and chairperson of his local disability group, says that it’s a basic human right that everyone should have access to an accessible toilet – one campaign is trying to make that a reality
THE accessibility of buildings are commonly raised in media debate but less discussed is accessibility of toilets, those which are designed to accommodate people with disabilities and long term health conditions.
Craig Berry: I voted No in 2014 - this is what moved me to Yes
Craig Berry, electrical engineer and writer on energy and technology, says it was convincing arguments that changed his mind on independence, not simply the changing conditions of UK politics
IN 2014 I voted No. It's not something I've particularly tried to hide, but it is something which I feel was a mistake. It's important to understand that it wasn't political conditions that convinced me to support independence; it was something far more effective.
Rhiannon Sims: People can't afford to live in their own cities - it's time to tackle housing inequality
Rhiannon Sims, Policy and Research Adviser at Oxfam Scotland, marks Scottish Housing Day by calling for housing to be treated not just as an asset but as a human right, ahead of the launch of a documentary on housing inequality this week
HOUSING is more than just an asset: it is a human right. It is something everyone needs, but not everyone has.
When we’ve asked people in Scotland what matters most to them, access to a secure and affordable home is top of the list. Without it, people’s chances of escaping poverty are massively reduced.
John Davis: Boris Johnson and his acolytes have exposed themselves as spiteful English nationalists
John Davis, Professor of Education at The University of Strathclyde, analyses English nationalist assumptions about Scotland’s place in the Union and what the reaction to the Inner House Of The Court Of Session prorogation ruling tells us about Tory shame-game politics
IT IS so sad that it takes an MEP to summarise the current state of the Tory broken union and to show us what has been there, under our noses, for many years.
Robin McAlpine: This is the one thing which can save Westminster
Common Weal director Robin McAlpine argues that the collapse of the British state is at least 40 years in the making – we shouldn’t try to save it
HA! You didn't fall for that did you? One thing, one single thing, that can save the Westminster system? You're kidding right? Do you really think I can distill such a complex social failure into a single, facile, off-the-shelf solution? What do you think I am, a Lib Dem?
Stuart Graham: It's time to bring climate action to Glasgow's workplaces
After the announcement that Glasgow will host the UN Climate Summit in December 2020, Glasgow Union social work branch co-convenor Stuart Graham says trade unionists in the city need to get organised for the huge challenges of the Climate Emergency which lie ahead
AS THE climate emergency climbs higher up the political agenda and pushes its way onto our screens and into our public spaces, any relatively informed observer could reasonably expect that government at local and national level will devise effective strategies to tackle it.