Mary MacCallum Sullivan: Scotland needs a new Declaration of Arbroath to re-state our right to freedom
Mary MacCallum Sullivan, a pyschotherapist from Argyll, says Scotland needs a modern re-statement of the Declaration of Arbroath nearly 700 years after the original
I worry that we sometimes forget that independence too is a moral fight; a moral fight against the fact that Thatcherism and its brutality still dominates British politics 40 years later. We fight for a better nation because the victims of Britain's brutal economy still bleed to this day.
MacAlpine, Robin, 24 Jan 2019.
Thomas Swann: Learn from Iceland to make Scotland's Citizens' Assembly a success
Thomas Swann (@ThomasSwann1), research fellow at Loughborough University, says Iceland’s National Gathering in 2010 was ultimately a case study in how Citizens’ Assemblies can fail, and thus has many lessons for Scotland as we embark on a similar democratic experiment
Bob Ingram: Introducing the Prospectus for an Independent Scotland
Bob Ingram from Centre for Scottish Constitutional Studies introduces the group’s prospectus for an independent Scotland, a bold plan for how to use the policy levers of independence to transform Scotland’s economy and society
OVER the past couple of years the media has had many letters proclaiming that Scottish Independence was a great idea, but once we have it, no one seemed to know what the New Scotland was going to be like – for us, for our senior citizens, for our bairns.
Analysis: Leonard brings Scottish Labour full circle on employment law - begrudgingly
Scottish Labour’s reluctant embrace of the devolution of employment law marks a reversal from the Smith Commission days – and raises questions about why other powers shouldn’t also be devolved
SCOTTISH LABOUR leader Richard Leonard spoke to the annual congress of the Scottish Trades Union Congress on Monday [15 April] in Dundee, and brought the party into line with long-standing STUC policy on employment law
Analysis: Corbyn's total mess of a Brexit position is deeply rooted in Labourist ideology
The Labour leadership’s tortured efforts to hold Labour-Remain and Labour-Leave voters together is a product of Labour’s left British nationalism which sees questions of the nature of state power as a distraction from real class politics
THE maelstrom over Labour’s Brexit position has been so long-running and, frankly, increasingly boring that you could be forgiven for some scepticism about whether the latest twist genuinely is a turning point.
INTERVIEW: with Mike Russell MSP discussing indyref2 at #SNP18
On Day 2 of the Scottish National Party’s 2018 conference, CommonSpace sat down to talk about the prospects of a Scottish independence referendum with Mike Russell MSP for Argyll & Bute and Cabinet Secretary for Government Business & Constitutional Relations.
Analysis: Class Politics Vs Constitutional Politics?
After Richard Leonard's comments on class and the constitution at Labour Party conference and Pete Wishart's response, CommonSpace editor Ben Wray argues that the two things should not be counter-posed.
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Ben Wray: Labour’s problem – Corbyn included - is that it still doesn’t get constitutional politics
CommonSpace columnist and Common Weal head of policy Ben Wray says Labour must spot the gap open to it in modern British politics - and fast
'CONSTITUTIONAL POLITICS'. Google it and what will come up is a bunch of academic law essays. Unlike identity politics or class politics, it’s not a term that is used in common political parlance. That may be about to change, because it conceptualises a political context that is defining our era, and not just in Scotland.
What the Yes campaign can learn from Iceland, Occupy and anarchy
Academics Ruth Kinna, Alex Prichard and Thomas Swann explore what recent events in Iceland and the 2011 Occupy movement can teach Scotland about anarchism, participation and radical democracy
BEFORE Iceland’s parliamentary election on Saturday, hopes were being raised at the prospect of a centre-left coalition, led by the Pirate Party, passing Iceland’s crowdsourced constitution.