What would you do if you were Prime Minister for a day? It’s not a bad question to get a sense of someone’s character and creativity. Douglas Ross, hotly tipped to be the next Scottish Tory leader after Jackson’s Carlaw’s shock departure yesterday, was once asked this in an interview, and, quick as flash, without […]

The calibre of political opposition in Scotland is woeful





Don’t call it a second wave. Most experts are saying that Europe is still in the grips of wave one, as while cases had been significantly reduced over the past couple of months the virus had not been effectively eliminated, and thus the spike in recent weeks in many European countries is part of the […]

Weighing the ‘risk factor’



One thing I’ve learnt from this crisis is that you have to be careful to avoid being seduced by what appears to be a consensus of the need for systemic change. In the most dramatic moments of the pandemic, you couldn’t pay for someone to criticise key workers. They were lauded by every bad boss, […]

So when is change coming for social care workers?



“It must be deleterious to the very concept of party democracy if members instruct their party to do something, only for a small group in the Government to subvert that democracy to maintain their own power grab of policy direction.”

Craig Dalzell: Capture, Commission, Kill


The case of Alexander Dennis, the bus builder based in Falkirk now expected to axe 650 jobs, highlights the need for government to think big about how it tackles this economic crisis. Alexander Dennis is the leading bus manufacturer in the UK, and a world leader in double-decker bus manufacturing. It has developed the ability […]

Scotland needs the skills at Alexander Dennis, one way or another


We live in strange times where little is surprising, but George Galloway seeking to form a national coalition government with the Tories and Labour in the Scottish Parliament is still strange, and slightly surprising. I remember watching Galloway happily stand on platforms with independence supporters, including the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, to rail against the […]

Get ready for a nastier British nationalism


Imagine Jeff Bezos cloned 7.5 times. That would be the equivalent of the financial wealth of everyone in Scotland (including everything; pensions, properties, etc). Maybe even less, as the Scottish financial wealth calculation (£1.097 trillion) was in 2018 – after the pandemic crisis it has probably shrunk quite a bit.  Bezos doesn’t have that problem. […]

What are we going to do about the Jeff Bezos problem?