Robin Mcalpine: Scotland - a big country cursed with a small politics
Common Weal Director Robin McAlpine says a holiday to Sweden has brought home to him the extent to which Scotland’s political leadership is insipid and much too comfortable with the status quo
I RETURNED from a family holiday in Sweden this week to the farcical sight of the SNP's annual conference agenda. It has left me with worrying conclusions.
Robin McAlpine: Magic thinking is the indy movement's biggest threat
Common Weal Director Robin McAlpine argues Boris Johnson is not a silver bullet for Scottish independence – only a positive, well evidenced campaign will get Yes over 50+ per cent
HURRAY! We don't have to put any real work into campaigning for independence any more because Boris Johnston is going to be the Prime Minister. Our job is done for us.
Robin McAlpine: Going cheap; Scotland. Buy now before the fools wake up.
Common Weal Director Robin McAlpine argues that the selling off of Scottish national assets has become routine and shows a lack of self-respect – which we will pay dearly for in the future
WHAT is more fundamental than your economy, your land, your energy system, your housing – your country? These (along with your people) are your biggest national assets. You should treat them with the respect they deserve.
Robin Mcalpine: Scotland's Left is poorly served; that can't last forever
Common Weal Director Robin McAlpine argues that parties on the left of Scottish politics are less than the sum of their parts – fixated on their opponents rather than on transforming Scotland
GERRY HASSAN wrote something in his piece for the Sunday National that rather gnawed its way into my head. It's simply this; he pointed out that left and centre left Scots are poorly served by current Scottish politics.
Robin Mcalpine: Saving ourselves – harder than you think, better than you think
Common Weal Director Robin McAlpine says a future where we successfully tackle the climate emergency can also be one of healthier and happier citizens, but only if we are genuinely willing to embrace change
THERE’S only one step to go before Scotland can be said finally to be taking climate change seriously – we must get past accepting that something has to be done and start to accept what actually has to be done. Only then can we do it.
Robin McAlpine: Remember – the independence movement is more united than divided
Common Weal Director Robin McAlpine argues that the independence movement remains remarkably united when compared to other major social movements around the globe
I’M WRITING this on the plane coming back from a week-long Erasmus-funded training camp in the Catalan hills (hurray the European Union!). It's been vegan food without coffee or alcohol, meditation every morning and a day of complete silence alone up the top of a hill.
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.