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.
Analysis: John Swinney has questions to answer over Israel-Palestine education resources fiasco
The Scottish Government appears to have given up on providing educational resources on Israel-Palestine for Scotland’s schools. In that failure of leadership the buck stops with the Education Secretary, Ben Wray finds.
IT’S four years and two months exactly since CommonSpace reported on educational material being used at a school in North Lanarkshire caricaturing Palestinians as separatist terrorists.
Hilary Long: GDP is no match for happiness
CommonSpace columnist Hilary Long looks at New Zealand’s move away from economic growth to a “wellbeing budget”, and how Scotland could tackle its deep-seated social and economic problems and become a happier society by doing the same
I LISTENED with interest to Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand’s Prime Minister, speaking about her national budget and how spending will be dictated by what best encourages “the wellbeing of citizens” rather than based on productivity and economic growth.
Michael McEwan: Why the success of the women's football team will be good for the whole of Scotland
Michael McEwan, CommonSpace columnist and chairperson of his local disability group, says the increased prominence of Scotland’s women’s football team can only be a good thing for all of those seeking more coverage of under-represented groups in sport
Permission from who!?
In the Cartoon of the Week, Lorna Miller looks at Tory leadership contenders attempts to out-do one another on denying Scotland the right to an independence referendum.
Robin Mcalpine: Saving ourselves – harder than you think, better than you think
Common Weal Director Robin McAlpine says a future where we successfully tackle the climate emergency can also be one of healthier and happier citizens, but only if we are genuinely willing to embrace change
THERE’S only one step to go before Scotland can be said finally to be taking climate change seriously – we must get past accepting that something has to be done and start to accept what actually has to be done. Only then can we do it.