Chester Cornford & Becki Menzies: Brexiteers are trying to conjure the WW2 'Blitz spirit' - but it's a myth
Chester Cornford, student at the University of Dundee, and Becki Menzies, blogger at Hum4nWrites, say that Brexiteers are trying to galvanise a ‘Blitz spirit’ behind the idea of a No Deal Brexit, where hardship is embraced and differences are put aside in the interests of national unity, is a myth, with the Blitz if anything exposing the deep divisions of British society during the Second World War
Robin McAlpine: Common Weal is embracing politics from the bottom-up - people power is our only hope
Common Weal director Robin McAlpine explains why the organisation has moved to the Kinning Park Complex community centre – making the case for politics done from the bottom-up
WE NEED to bring people back into politics or we're all in big trouble. That has been my conclusion from the rise of Trump and the far right, Brexit and all the rest. But this is a negative view, a defensive view. It reflects a history of failure.
Craig Dalzell: Looking past the headlines on Scotland's export stats reveals hidden truths
Common Weal head of policy & research Dr Craig Dalzell looks in depth at Export Statistics Scotland’s latest publication, and finds it reveals truths about Scotland’s economy which do not easily fit the Unionist narrative
THE new Export Statistics Scotland publication shows the global opportunities for Scottish goods and the solid foundations for the economy of an independent Scotland.
Robin McAlpine: This is a chance for Holyrood to be better than Westminster – so why isn't it happening?
Common Weal Director Robin McAlpine says compromise to agree a Scottish Budget would be a great signal that Scotland still has a shared project – but that opportunity may have been blown
THE problems the SNP seems to be having getting its budget through is a valuable reminder of something we've forgotten in Scotland – our democracy was designed with the expectation of at least a degree of 'togetherness'. We would all do well to remember it.
Sarah Glynn: First meeting with the Kurdish hunger strikers in Strasbourg
Sarah Glynn, committee member of Scottish Solidarity with Kurdistan, has travelled to Strasbourg with a Scottish delegation, where supporters of Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan are on hunger strike
THE first thing that struck me were their smiles. These were people that had eaten nothing except some sugar and salt water and tea for forty days, but, as they explained, although their bodies were feeling the strain, their moral was only growing stronger.
Robin McAlpine: Independence lies down a path between stoicism and fury
Common Weal Director Robin McAlpine argues that there is two wrong approaches to independence, both of which must be avoided – the passive approach and the politically immature approach
PHEW, thank goodness John Major won the 1992 General Election, because otherwise the devolution movement's patient 20-year plan would have been scuppered.
Michael McEwan: The disability events I'm looking forward to in 2019
Michael McEwan, CommonSpace columnist and chair of his local disability group, looks forward to some key events in the 2019 calendar for disabled people in Scotland
LAST year saw the Down Syndrome Congress in Glasgow from 25-27 July, which provided a once in a lifetime opportunity for families, professionals and people with Down's Syndrome to share information and experiences about the condition.
Keith Baker: I'm a rail commuter - it's time to admit ScotRail is broken
Rail commuter Dr Keith Baker, researcher in fuel poverty at Glasgow Caledonian University (writing in a personal capacity), says the decline in the quality of service provided by ScotRail has reached such depths he has taken to complaining directly to Abellio and Scottish Government Ministers
SCOTRAIL is broken. Since Dutch-owned Abellio took over the franchise in May 2015 the services have been heading towards a cliff.