Analysis: The meteoric rise of Scotland’s richest family highlights where politicians are going wrong in tackling inequality
The Gordon-Grant family have more than doubled their wealth to £2.9 billion in less than six years on the back of Scottish resources – yet politicians only advocate more tax cuts for Scotch whisky
COMPILER of the Sunday Times rich list 2019, Robert Watts, has said that billionaire Scots are faring better than those south of the border.
“More than half of our Scottish Rich List have seen their fortunes rise over the past 12 months – that’s a higher proportion than other parts of the UK,” Watts said.
Scotland needs an energy policy that delivers radical solutions
Dr Ron Mould and Dr Keith Baker, co-founders of the Energy Poverty Research Initiative, call on the Scottish Government to take more drastic action to deliver a sustainable national energy policy
THE SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT is on a collision course with the public sector over the Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategies (LHEES) under its Energy Efficiency Scotland programme.
Analysis: Scrapping Council Tax, not tweaking Income Tax, should be the progressive test of next week's Scottish Budget
CommonSpace editor Ben Wray looks ahead to the Scottish Budget next week, and finds a choice for Finance Minister Derek Mackay – take wealth inequality seriously and scrap the Council Tax, or continue with the “don’t scare the middle classes” government-by-tweak politics
SINCE the devolution of Income Tax, there is now a common dynamic in the run-up to a Scottish Budget, which will be announced by Finance Minister Derek Mackay next Wednesday [12 December].
Analysis: The turgid Brexit Fisheries debate lets down Scotland’s coastal communities
CommonSpace editor Ben Wray finds no one seems to want to talk about the big substance issues affecting Scotland’s fishing communities, the three most important being inequality, ownership and technological change
FIRST Minister’s Questions on Thursday [29 November] saw another round of turgid debate on the future of Scotland’s fisheries.
Robin McAlpine: Karine Polwart's finances make me wonder what the hell we really value
Common Weal director Robin Mcalpine argues our society does not place value on people with creativity and energy, instead rewarding mediocrity and bureaucracy
AT THE weekend I hunted out Karine Polwart's truly wonderful 2012 album Traces for a re-listen. I'm glad I did. It reminded me how good it is.
But it also pissed me off. Not the music I hasten to add, the fact that what prompted me to play it again was an interview with Karine in which she talked about the financial difficulty of trying to make a living making music in Scotland.
Analysis: GERS highlights the UK’s growing inequality
Dr Craig Dalzell, Head of Policy and Research for the Common Weal think tank, explains why it’s time for Scotland to grow beyond our obsession with GERS
THERE’S NO DAY that’s guaranteed to set the heather alight amongst Scottish political social media sects like the release day of the annual Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland report – also known as GERS.