Beyond the Noise: #GE2019 at the turning point of British history
Beyond the Noise with David Jamieson is a weekly podcast with CommonSpace journalist David Jamieson, where he gets behind the 24/7 news cycle and gets to the heart of issues, trying to find the substance behind the headlines.
IN this week’s podcast, Jamieson speaks to activist and commentator Jonathon Shafi about the opening days of an historic general election.
00:42 – How well have the three major parties – Labour, Tory and SNP – faired in the first few days of the election campaign?
Robin McAlpine: This is what an independence election sounds like
CommonSpace director Robin McAlpine looks ahead to the General Election and what it could – and should – mean for the Scottish independence movement
SO THIS is to be a General Election where independence is put at the heart of the campaign. Great. But what exactly would that sound like?
Analysis: With a general election looming, everything is at stake
Signs point to a general election before the end of the year
IF the media buzz is right, a general election is likely before the end of the year.
This could prove the most consequential election in a generation. In the balance are both the independence movement, and the potential of a UK Government offering a pivot away from the economic and social policy orthodoxy which has dominated the UK and the western world since the 1980s.
Robin McAlpine: Welcome back RIC – the indy movement needs you
Ahead of Saturday’s RIC conference in Glasgow, Common Weal director Robin McAlpine argues that the independence movement desperately needs its radical current
WHILE the Radical Independence Campaign (RIC) has been ticking away in the background of the independence movement over recent years, it clearly hasn't had anything like the centrality and influence it did during the indyref. And, honestly, the independence movement has suffered.
Robin McAlpine: Indy can't leave the young behind – we need to back a Green New Deal
Common Weal director Robin McAlpine argues that the importance of a Green New Deal – for the independence movement, Scotland and the world itself – cannot be underestimated
THERE is a big factor I think the independence movement is missing, and while it gives some cause for concern, its also a big opportunity. It's young people, and I'm a little worried that we're not paying attention.
Robin McAlpine: The independence movement can't ignore the Scottish Government's track record
Common Weal director Robin McAlpine takes a hard look at the state of Nicola Sturgeon’s government, and what its achievements and failures mean for the cause of independence
I BELIEVE the independence movement needs a government that is inspiring people by being bold and showing the kind of change that could be possible with independence. Most people accept that Nicola Sturgeon's government is not that.
She instead pitched her government as being about 'competent management' and asked that she be judged on her education track record.
#AUOBEdinburgh: A look back at Scotland’s biggest demo for independence
The march is thought to have attracted over 200,000 people
THE latest All Under One Banner march in Edinburgh last Saturday has been widely described as the biggest demonstration in support of Scottish independence yet, with many estimates placing those in attendance at over 200,000 in number.
On the morning of 5 October, the march received the support of First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, and achieved a massive turnout despite rainy conditions.