“The achievement of a shorter working week would require the involvement of a strengthened trade union sector, and particularly the expansion of sectoral collective bargaining – a notion which elicits predictable horror from right-wingers with a diehard fetish for ‘labour flexibility’.”

Analysis: What stands in the way of a four-day week?


“Johnson’s march on Scotland has a campaigning feel to it. It seems like a long time since a UK Prime minster could come to Scotland simply as part of normal government business. Every venture north now comes with dangers and is embarked upon for the grim necessity to ‘save the union’.”

Analysis: Year one of Boris Johnson’s firefight



So the Russkie smoking gun on indyref is…”credible open source commentary”. What that means to you and I is: articles that anyone can find online. This is the extent of the evidence provided to us of Kremlin involvement in 2014; an “influence campaign” after the vote had taken place, which we are told in a […]

Britain’s real disinformation problem



There was a fantastic piece of journalism on Channel 4 News last night, as Alex Thomson visited the town of Langholm in Dumfries & Galloway to see the land which the community is trying to get back from the Duke of Buccleuch.  I say “get back” because part of the area the community is trying to […]

Langholm, stolen common land, and the Duke


The most remarkable thing about US President Donald Trump is not the amount of enemies he accrues. Nasty attacks on opponents is his way of doing politics. The remarkable thing is that he’s willing to throw all his friends under the bus at a moment’s notice; he has no loyalty to anyone. “I’m not a big […]

The US Presidential election will set the tone for post-Pandemic politics



The Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s ‘A stronger Scottish lifeline in the economic storm’, a briefing paper published yesterday, is a good starting point for debate about what needs to be in the Scottish Government’s Programme for Government in September to stave off the most devastating economic impacts of the crisis in the immediate term. Jobs: 628,000 workers have […]

A stronger Scottish lifeline?


A new study has found a record-breaking heatwave in Siberia was made 600 times more likely by man-made climate change. Temperatures in the far north of Russia were more than five degrees above normal from January to June this year, causing permafrost to melt and forest fires to proliferate, which in turn increased more carbon […]

How do we avoid crisis-fatigue?