What solutions are being proposed to Scotland’s drugs crisis?
The rise in drug-related deaths in Scotland have added urgency to calls for action – but what reforms are being proposed, and which would be possible with Scotland’s current powers?
NEWS that the number of drug-related deaths in Scotland has risen to its highest levels since records began in 1996, and now suffers from the highest rate for such deaths in the entire European Union, has brought public attention to a decades-old problem.
Analysis: Blame Westminster for drug deaths record - and blame 20 years of Holyrood conforming to British norms
CommonSpace editor Ben Wray says shocking new Scottish drug death statistics cannot be blamed just on one party, or one parliament – it’s a collective political failure more than 20 years in the making
THE new figures on drug-related deaths in Scotland are simultaneously shocking and predictable.
1,187 deaths last year, 27 per cent higher than the previous year. Drug deaths have doubled since 2008, and for the first first time more people died from drugs than alcohol this year. Drug deaths in Scotland are the highest in the EU.
Analysis: What could Labour’s new position on Brexit mean for Scotland?
Jeremy Corbyn’s qualified commitment to backing Remain in a future referendum on EU membership would appear to bring Labour closer to the SNP’s position – but there are complications
SINCE the result of the 2016 referendum on EU membership was announced, the Labour Party’s Brexit policy, such as it is, has been written like a television show with one eye on being renewed for another season.
Analysis: Pompeo has threatened to undermine UK democracy if Corbyn becomes Prime Minister - where's the outrage?
There has been radio silence from the BBC and the UK Government on Pompeo’s leaked threats to undermine UK democracy – but it’s as serious as it can get
AS UK POLITICS becomes engrossed in the theatre of a Tory leadership contest, an altogether more serious development came to light on Sunday [9 June].
Robin Mcalpine: Scotland's Left is poorly served; that can't last forever
Common Weal Director Robin McAlpine argues that parties on the left of Scottish politics are less than the sum of their parts – fixated on their opponents rather than on transforming Scotland
GERRY HASSAN wrote something in his piece for the Sunday National that rather gnawed its way into my head. It's simply this; he pointed out that left and centre left Scots are poorly served by current Scottish politics.
Stabilise house prices and tax unearned wealth: 5 ideas the Scottish Government could take from Land for the Many
With the Programme for Government coming up in September, could Labour’s Land for the Many paper be a fruitful source of radical thinking for the SNP Government?
A NEW paper commissioned by the UK Labour Party and edited by writer George Monbiot on land policies, Land for the Many, is packed with good ideas, some of which have been borrowed from Scotland.
Analysis: Labour suffers from failure to learn the lesson of 2014 about constitutional politics
CommonSpace editor Ben Wray analyses the European election results, which have been a predictable disaster for Labour and the Tories
ONE look at Britain’s political map after the EU election results shows how constitutional politics has ripped it up, in a way that won’t easily - if ever - be put back to the way it was before.