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Time to police this hopeonomics

Uncategorized Jun 13, 2012 Add a comment

The makey-upy statistics on how much a single police force will ‘save’ Scotland offers just one more example of ‘hopeonomics’ – accountants balance sheets comprising of ideology rather than numbers.

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The case for a reparations movement in Europe

Left Strategy, World Policy Jun 12, 2012 Add a comment

Now seems like a good time to point out that four years on and promises that if we leave those who caused the financial crisis to fix it unimpeded all will be well seem hollow. So if they haven’t cleaned up their mess, it is time they were properly blamed for it. We need a reparations movement for Europe.

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Selectivity? OK. Spain then.

UK Policy, World Policy Jun 08, 2012 Add a comment

Euro 2012 – take any identity you want (we’re told), so long as it doesn’t interfere with the British State which is currently trying to jail-break a rich white woman from a Ukrainian prison just because she’s rich. Or why I’m supporting Span…

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If there is no alternative, we will soon have to choose one nationalism or the other

Left Strategy, UK Policy, World Policy Jun 06, 2012 Add a comment

In the world in 2012 only democratic nation states have the capacity to challenge global financial power. Which means that we will eventual have to choose between the two nationalisms available to us (Scottish and British) on the basis of a careful assessment on whether they are different or not.

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Is it over yet? No, not by a long way.

Left Strategy, Scottish Policy, UK Policy Jun 05, 2012 3 Comments

The Jubilee shows that Scotland and England seem to have a very different social contract with the state, with England’s deference contrasting with a more fundamental social democracy in Scotland. The Jubilee is over but the social question remains. How will the unionist-left resolve this?

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Time to talk currency

Left Strategy, Scottish Policy, UK Policy Jun 03, 2012 Add a comment

It’s time to stop taking at face-value the idea that an independent Scotland would have ‘no option’ but to accept Sterling or the Euro as a currency. The independence debate could be quite different if supporters of independence would be less afraid of talking about the possibility.

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Meanwhile, elsewhere…

Left Strategy, Scottish Policy, UK Policy Jun 01, 2012 Add a comment

The media always believes that what concerns it must concern us all. Twice recently it got this badly wrong – Iraq and the banking crisis where it simply failed to understand what was happening in the proportion of the world not made out of press releases. The navel-gazing over NATO and its difficulty in understand the Yes campaign launch suggest it may be starting to get things wrong again.

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Is someone offering us a democratic monetary policy?

Scottish Policy, UK Policy May 29, 2012 1 Comment

Supporters of independence have not come up with compelling answers on the question of currency and its implications for monetary policy. But if supporters of the union think their case for our influence over monetary policy is any more persuasive they are wrong.

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Creative Scotland and Moore shows how deep is the ‘IMF of the Mind’

Left Strategy, Scottish Policy, World Policy May 28, 2012 2 Comments

Both Creative Scotland’s decision to further marketise the arts in Scotland and Michael Moore’s assumption that lack of neoliberal support for the Yes campaign is a weakness show how much the political mind remains captured. You don’t have to support the Yes campaign to take heart in an alternative voice.

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The NATO row is not a distraction

Left Strategy, Scottish Policy, World Policy May 24, 2012 3 Comments

Some people have argued that the NATO row is obscure and pointless. But this policy will potentially define Scotland’s future and define what kind of political party the SNP is. These things matter.

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