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A post-stone age economy

Uncategorized Jun 30, 2013 2 Comments

A teaser from the Scottish Left Review which will be out next week. Jim Mather argues that the model of financialised capitalism has very clearly failed to address the ‘Common Weal’ either in terms of shared wealth or economy security. A new approach is needed.

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Work for the Common Weal

Uncategorized Jun 27, 2013 1 Comment

We need a new economic philosophy, one where people come together for the benefit of all members of society – Scotsman article from today

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Welfare state of mind

Uncategorized Jun 14, 2013 Add a comment

My Scotsman article – Political leaders and their parties have to be told to stop parroting what the plutocrats want them to say and start doing what the people who elected them told them to

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Iain Banks: the left loses a great supporter

Uncategorized Jun 10, 2013 1 Comment

RIP Iain Banks, a true supporter of the Scottish left

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Economy plan chained by convention

Uncategorized May 27, 2013 Add a comment

Belatedly – my piece in The Scotsman the Scottish Government economic paper: The SNP’s plan, while recognising some of what not to do, seems to include repeating the mistakes that caused the economic crisis in the first place

Farage debacle a chill wind for Scottish politics

Uncategorized May 20, 2013 1 Comment

The response to a protest against an anti-immigration, xenophobic political party has been as hard to believe as it has been distorted. The impact on Scottish politics is alarming.

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What next for ‘Common Weal’?

Uncategorized May 06, 2013 5 Comments

It has been a promising start to a project to outline the details of a better Scotland. But now it is for others to shape the path forward.

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The difference between disclosure and transparency

Uncategorized 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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Thatcher failed

Uncategorized Apr 09, 2013 Add a comment

Article for Scotsman on Thatcher’s legacy – she succeeded politically and culturally but structurally she failed Britain completely.

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Real Freedom Sounds Like Many Voices

Uncategorized Mar 19, 2013 Add a comment

The press regulation debate is pitiful and we deserve – and can have – better. My article from Bella Caledonia

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