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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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Expedience should neither help the law nor protect it

Scottish Policy May 23, 2012 Add a comment

The Scottish system of justice needs to be looked at. We should stat with Lockerbie and work our way forwards from there. Until we do we should not consider piecemeal changes to the very meaning of justice.

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Bye bye NATO, hello spooks

Left Strategy, Scottish Policy, UK Policy May 22, 2012 Add a comment

It looks like an anti-NATO victory over possible SNP policy change. This shows the left that it has genuine power, but we need to realise that this puts Scotland on the front line of London’s drive to ensure military hegemony.

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All the way back to the start in the jobs con

Left Strategy, Scottish Policy May 18, 2012 1 Comment

The real value of jobs is in distributing wealth around society, not in providing a fig-leaf for the same business elite which trashed the economy. Low-pay, part-time, insecure jobs are nothing to celebrate and politicians should not get away with it.

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Now Scottish Labour has to decide if it has changed

Political Parties May 16, 2012 2 Comments

Nostalgic for the tuition fees debate? Thought not. So why is Labour straying back into its old hunting ground of bashing universal provision? The Party really needs to think about whether it has changed.

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Minimum pricing in a minimum society

Scottish Policy May 15, 2012 Add a comment

It is possible both to argue that minimum pricing for alcohol is entirely right but that it is just only if we see it as part of a proper social contract. If the governing classes keep imposing policies on the poor but never for the poor, what we get is ‘minimum society’.

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