‘Indefensible’: Scottish Government admits compulsory sale orders will not be introduced in this parliament
The SNP previously made a manifesto commitment to introduce the new power, which would allow local authorities to sell abandoned buildings or plots of land to the highest bidder
‘Unethical, unsustainable and makes no financial sense’: Edinburgh Sick Kids scandal shows time’s up for private financing, argue Greens
Massive cost of Edinburgh’s Royal Hospital for Children and Young People demonstrates the failure of the private finance infrastructure model, says Scottish Green co-leader Patrick Harvie
Robin McAlpine: Noise and silence - why the Growth Commission is the fight of our lives
Common Weal Director Robin McAlpine calls on independence supporters to make their voices heard on the Growth Commission proposals as they go before SNP conference
AS a political strategist by trade, I'd tell any client that if you're in the territory of arguing over the difference between 'forever' and 'indefinitely' then you're in trouble. And yet that's where the SNP leadership is.
Elaine McKenna: We've been needing a blueprint for building an independent Scotland and it's finally here
Campaigner Elaine McKenna reviews the latest book from Common Weal director Robin McAlpine, which lays out the practical aspects of building a new country
HOW TO START A NEW COUNTRY picks up from the central thrust of the author Robin McAlpine's last publication, Determination (2016), which advocated then that we need to prepare a detailed plan for an independent Scotland.
Robin McAlpine: When accountants start time travelling, it's time for a new system
CommonSpace columnist and Common Weal director Robin McAlpine says it’s time to get the Big Four out of public policy making
YOU KNOW in every TV series you've ever seen about organised crime – from the Godfather to the Wire – there's always a lawyer, banker or accountant who enables the whole criminal operation but is clever enough to always be at arms length?
Robin McAlpine: Indy optimism for 2018 requires us to rediscover our stories
CommonSpace columnist and Common Weal director Robin McAlpine says the Yes movement must get the vision for a new life under independence across
PERHAPS it says something about the kind of people I bump into but I can't say I've picked up a lot of optimism about the year ahead – pretty well from anyone.
So let me kick off the year with something that I have become quite excited about again; Scottish independence. I know, I know – when was I not a 'true believer' ... but sometimes you believe in things that don't necessarily make you feel optimistic.
Robin McAlpine: Indy Scotland: we're making mistakes, so we must learn
CommonSpace columnist and Common Weal director Robin McAlpine says the independence movement must wake up
I'VE been wondering when to write this. Not everyone is going to like it; some may think it's unhelpful – disloyal even. But I'm going to argue that not talking about things is leading to serious mistakes.
We're a few days away from the third anniversary of losing the independence referendum. It is telling that there appears to be much less appetite for either celebration or commemoration this year. So I think now might be the time to bite the bullet.
Robin McAlpine: @scotgov just took a huge step in the right direction - but it must deliver
CommonSpace columnist and Common Weal director Robin McAlpine says Scotland's future may just depend on a welcome new programme for government
THERE'S an abiding question that has been in my thoughts since the launch of the Scottish Government's programme for government on Tuesday; where would we be now if this agenda had been set out before or soon after the 2015 General Election victory rather than three years into the new administration?
Robin McAlpine: What we've learned from arguing for a Scottish National Investment Bank
CommonSpace columnist and Common Weal director Robin McAlpine explains how the pitch for a Scottish National Investment Bank became a painful process
AT the risk of jinxing it by beginning to feel some real hope, could Scotland finally be about to get a national investment bank?
I think the possibility is much higher than at any time I can remember, but still this idea seems beset by obstacles and hurdles and attitudes which can perhaps best be understood through the prism of the dynamics of modern Scottish politics and policy.