Platform Capitalism: How digital platforms took over the world and what to do about it
Kicking-off our week of special coverage on social security and technological change, CommonSpace editor Ben Wray examines the rise of the digital platforms, which are based on a fundamentally different set of characteristics than the global economic giants of the past
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.
Hilary Long: There's no shortcuts - tackling poverty and alienation is the only route to addressing Scotland's drugs crisis
CommonSpace columnist Hilary Long looks at a new report on destitution and Scotland’s new drug death stats, finding that overcoming deep rooted social ills will require confronting the causes of poverty directly
TWO headlines this week should be making our politicians hang their heads in shame.
'I think there's still a bit of a stigma around it': Ross Sayers on why his next book will be in 'full Scots'
CommonSpace book reviewer Chiara Bullen talks to Scottish fiction writer Ross Sayers about his new book Sonny and Me, and why he thinks “the more we see Scots in books the better”
WITH a glorious, rainbow slushie on the cover of Ross Sayers’ latest book Sonny and Me, this smasher is sure to brighten up the typical dreary Scottish summer. Picking up the Scottish Book Trust’s ‘Book of the Month’ in June, Sonny and Me is a Young Adult (YA) tale about two boys who discover a murder mystery at their Stirling high school – and it’s absolutely class.
Josiah Mortimer: The Citizens' Assembly of Scotland - what can it learn from elsewhere?
Josiah Mortimer, writer and spokesperson for the Electoral Reform Society, says a public debate held earlier this week on the Citizens’ Assembly of Scotland, set to be launched in October, revealed the wide-ranging best practice there is to draw on in making citizens’ assemblies a success
Michael McEwan: Hopes are high for Social Security Scotland - it needs to deliver
MIchael McEwan, CS columnist and chairperson of his local disability group, says the devolution of social security powers to Scotland is an opportunity for real change that can’t be missed
SCOTLAND now has a newly formed Social Security Agency. The Scottish Act 2016 transferred new social security powers to the Scottish Parliament, allowing Scottish ministers to develop new policies on benefits, which – we all hope – will work to tackle poverty in Scotland.
Analysis: ‘Union Cabinet’ shows the British state at its most desperate
The British Cabinet heard an analysis with dire warnings of how the Union was on the verge of fragmenting along national lines – their solutions show just how desperate the establishment has become
ON WEDNESDAY morning, Cabinet Secretary David Lidington gave a presentation to a full meeting of the Cabinet which historians may pour over in years to come as the first evidence of the British establishment realising that the game is up.
Lidington gave an analysis of the future of the UK state which was bleak, to say the least.