Robin McAlpine: We march because you're failing us
Common Weal director Robin McAlpine says the divisions among pro-independence advocates over the All Under One Banner march is the product of two very different worldviews: one of the centrist political establishment, and the other of the grassroots movement
I BELIEVE in the Scottish independence movement. I believe in it very much and will vigorously defend it. So I'm angry this week.
Robin Mcalpine: Sterlingisation is dead; everyone needs to move on
Common Weal director Robin McAlpine says it’s time for everyone in the independence movement to listen to SNP members and embrace the positive case for a Scottish currency
I HAD been looking forward to writing a happy, conciliatory column this week saying 'the currency debate was tough but we've ended up with a position that can keep everyone together so let's move forward'. But for me to do that, those who lost on Saturday have to demonstrate the good grace to accept they lost.
Robin Mcalpine: Choose to be progressive. Choose to be united. Choose to win. Reject the Growth Commission.
Common Weal director Robin McAlpine makes a final plea to SNP delegates at this weekend’s spring conference to reject the Growth Commission’s economic plan for Scottish independence
AT THE weekend, delegates to SNP conference will be asked to make what may well be the most important political decision they will ever make.
Robin McAlpine: An investment-led economy offers hope for an independent Scotland
Common Weal Director Robin McAlpine introduces a new policy paper on an investment-led economy, which would offer the security, stability and sufficiency needed to persuade people of change.
The future is often the realisation of the stories we tell ourselves today; tell a confident story and you have more chance of living in a confident future. The report Common Weal has launched today is our confident story about a post-independence Scottish economy.
Robin Mcalpine: Just as Thatcher's legacy was Blair, Better Together's legacy is the Growth Commission
Common Weal director Robin McAlpine argues that the SNP is on the verge of swallowing all of Better Together’s arguments in the last referendum – and weakening the independence case in the process
IS BETTER TOGETHER taking over the SNP? The party’s new spiritual leader (Andrew Wilson) was on BBC radio quite openly telling Scotland that independence will be pain and sacrifice, that Britain is a fine economic and political institution and that Scotland shouldn't get above itself with talk of its own currency.
Robin Mcalpine: Phase Three of the independence movement will get us there
Common Weal director Robin McAlpine looks at a recent opinion poll on independence, and finds that it highlights the need for the political strategy of independence to enter a new phase
IF Angus Robertson's poll didn't cause nervousness in the independence movement it should have. It suggests that not only are we not winning, we're going backwards. And if that's right, it very strongly suggests we need to do things differently.
Robin Mcalpine: The four words that lose us independence - Ecuador, Lichtenstein, Montenegro, Panama
Common Weal director Robin McAlpine says focus group work shows tipping soft No voters to Yes is about changing the risk-reward scales – something the Growth Commission’s currency plan makes much more difficult to achieve
WE NEED to talk about No voters. Actually, we need to listen to No voters and then talk about what they say. Because at the moment there are too many people making stereotypical assumptions that are inaccurate.
Robin McAlpine: Noise and silence - why the Growth Commission is the fight of our lives
Common Weal Director Robin McAlpine calls on independence supporters to make their voices heard on the Growth Commission proposals as they go before SNP conference
AS a political strategist by trade, I'd tell any client that if you're in the territory of arguing over the difference between 'forever' and 'indefinitely' then you're in trouble. And yet that's where the SNP leadership is.
Robin Mcalpine: The Green New Deal and the Growth Commission are from different planets. Literally.
Common Weal Director Robin McAlpine says embracing the Growth Commission will put the SNP at odds with the direction of travel of progressive politics internationally
THERE are now two planets SNP members can live on. On one of those planets we are facing massive social and environmental catastrophes which can only be avoided through major, coordinated public action. On the other, the priority is providing comfort for international bankers.
Robin Mcalpine: This is a fork in the indy road - SNP members face a momentous choice
Common Weal director Robin McAlpine argues that the SNP currency vote at its Spring conference next month is a monumental choice: do they want to fully embrace a Scottish currency, or accept a hugely damaging fudge?
HISTORY is just choices. In about six week's time the delegates to the SNP's spring conference are going to be asked to make a choice. It's a momentous choice and the implications are enormous and wide-reaching. It will be a crucial chapter in Scotland's history.