The Scottish Parliament
Robin Mcalpine: Scotland - a big country cursed with a small politics
Common Weal Director Robin McAlpine says a holiday to Sweden has brought home to him the extent to which Scotland’s political leadership is insipid and much too comfortable with the status quo
I RETURNED from a family holiday in Sweden this week to the farcical sight of the SNP's annual conference agenda. It has left me with worrying conclusions.
The CommonSpace Show Ep 2 - Tenants' Power
The CommonSpace Show takes on Scotland’s biggest stories
IN THE second episode of the CommonSpace Show, David and Rhiannon speak to Sonja Coquelin from the Living Rent Tenants' Union about what the union does and its campaigning in recent weeks against Serco's attempt to lock out 300 asylum seekers from their home. They also discuss the 20th anniversary of the Scottish Parliament.
Analysis: Sky News landlord rant highlights Establishment's vested interest in housing inequality
When housing inequality has got progressively worse over the past 20 years, it may be time to start looking at the vested interests of media/political elites – including in Scotland
IF YOU have not yet seen the Sky News anchor Jayne Secker’s outrageous interview with a tenant, then here it is in all its breathtaking arrogance.
Robin McAlpine: This is a chance for Holyrood to be better than Westminster – so why isn't it happening?
Common Weal Director Robin McAlpine says compromise to agree a Scottish Budget would be a great signal that Scotland still has a shared project – but that opportunity may have been blown
THE problems the SNP seems to be having getting its budget through is a valuable reminder of something we've forgotten in Scotland – our democracy was designed with the expectation of at least a degree of 'togetherness'. We would all do well to remember it.
Analysis: The importance of garbage getting put in its place
Green MSP Andy Wightman challenged the Scottish Tories on their bogus figures
SOMETIMES garbage needs to get put where it should be – in the trash, as the Americans say, and in such a way as everyone bears witness.
Here’s the background: The Tories had put out a press release on Monday [7 May] claiming missed SNP targets since 2007 had cost the Scottish economy more than £80bn.
‘Stop fetishizing privilege and fawning over those who enjoy it’: Harvie submits Holyrood amendment to royal baby motion
The Queen received an 8 per cent boost in public funding in 2017
GREEN MSP Patrick Harvie has stated that politicians and media outlets should stop fawning over the Royals’ new baby and worry more about children born into poverty and inequality, in an amendment to a motion submitted to the Scottish Parliament.
Prince William and Kate had their third child on Monday (23 April) and a motion celebrating the birth was submitted by Conservative MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife Alexander Stewart.