'Fred Goodwin absolutely loved it': Ian Fraser on how an Andrew Wilson RBS 'factsheet' shows why he was the wrong person to write the Growth Commission
Andrew Wilson was congratulated by Fred ‘the Shred’ Goodwin for an RBS ‘factsheet’ in 2007 that would later be described by Fraser as “a most extraordinarily hubristic and bombastic document”
Robin Mcalpine: Sterlingisation is dead; everyone needs to move on
Common Weal director Robin McAlpine says it’s time for everyone in the independence movement to listen to SNP members and embrace the positive case for a Scottish currency
I HAD been looking forward to writing a happy, conciliatory column this week saying 'the currency debate was tough but we've ended up with a position that can keep everyone together so let's move forward'. But for me to do that, those who lost on Saturday have to demonstrate the good grace to accept they lost.
WATCH: Tim Rideout on currency and independence at #SNP19
Key speech at the SNP’s spring conference on 27 April
TIM RIDEOUT addresses the SNP conference in the run up to a vote on Scottish currency, moving Amendment D, which was passed by members and read:
“Delete 33) and replace with:
“conference considers that an SNP Government should take the steps necessary to enable the Scottish Parliament to authorise the preparation of a Scottish Currency as soon as practicable after a vote for Independence with the aim that the currency be ready for introduction as soon as practicable after Independence Day.”
Analysis: Sturgeon offers up new commission seeking to restore indy social justice focus
CommonSpace editor Ben Wray takes a look at Nicola Sturgeon’s speech to the SNP’s spring conference on Sunday [28 April]
HOW do you address the problem of a Commission that divided your party and damaged your brand? You set up another one.
Analysis: A stunning victory for the grassroots of the SNP and Scottish currency advocates
CommonSpace editor analyses the debate and outcome of the SNP Growth Commission vote
ON 27 APRIL 2019, the grassroots of the SNP showed its mettle, and proved that the independence movement is a thinking, critical and truly independent force, willing to defeat their own leaders when necessary.
The Growth Commission motion passed, but only after a revolt from below which saw an enormous 781 delegates vote in favour of amendment D, with 729 against.