Archive for "Scottish Policy"

The difference between disclosure and transparency

Apr 17, 2013 1 Comment

Disclosure is telling facts; transparency is telling facts with the expectation that you will be held to account. Why does Better Together not seem to know the difference?

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Inquiries and the deformed state

Mar 05, 2013 Add a comment

The British State’s attitude to inquiries is like the Hapsburg’s attitude to marriage – who cares if the outcome is deformity and an inability to function properly. So long as we don’t let outsiders meddle in our affairs we’ll still be Kings of the World., even if we can’t see and our fragile skeleton will no longer sustain our weight.

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Selling an island’s future for £2,000 is a Ministerial responsibility

Feb 22, 2013 Add a comment

The people of Raasay loose the right to exploit their own resources for £2,000. New Public Management allows officials to run society without political interference – but only if Ministers refuse to interfere.

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Poverty isn’t a rebranding opportunity

Feb 17, 2013 5 Comments

Scottish Labour is suddenly all about poverty, but it looks more like a means to attack the SNP than a realisation of past errors. Credibility comes from action, not PR.

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Before we choose a country, SNP must choose a continent

Feb 13, 2013 Add a comment

It is time the SNP accepted it has to resolve the glaring contradictions in its emerging vision for Scotland. That means Nicola Sturgeon has to take control of economic policy.

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A week of distortion and no-one to defend us

Feb 07, 2013 Add a comment

Distortions, lies, manipulations – another week in corporate PR, another week with no-one ready to fight back on behalf of the wider population.

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Some thoughts on the First Minister’s lecture

Jan 30, 2013 Add a comment

Last night First Minister Alex Salmond gave the inaugural Jimmy Reid Memorial Lecture on the theme ‘Addressing Alienation: the opportunity of independence’. These are a few thoughts on what he said.

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Re-Imagining Public Ownership

Jan 15, 2013 1 Comment

The next issue of the Scottish Left Review is out on Thursday. Here we post a preview of an article by Andy Cumbers on developing a case for public ownership in Scotland.

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Scottish Labour should back a universalism debate

Jan 13, 2013 Add a comment

It’s in Scottish Labour’s interests to back a parliamentary debate on universalism. We hope they do.

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One more shot of whisky

Jan 11, 2013 1 Comment

A £1 tax on a bottle of whisky solves Scotland’s austerity problems and sorts out our universal public services for good. Don’t let the corporate bullies push this idea off the agenda.

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