Global stock markets have tumbled as evidence emerged that several US states which have re-opened are seeing rising cases of Covid-19. Stock markets don’t actually tell you much about what’s going on in the real economy, but it is a sign of just how precarious investors think economic recovery is, as it hinges on avoiding […]

Tear up the old economic rules




Live in Edinburgh? Your city needs you. For the good of Scotland’s capital, you must “act like a tourist”.  You see, the tourist industry doesn’t have any tourists to sell their stuff to, so residents need to take their place. Out of the goodness of your hearts, the people of Edinburgh need to rush back […]

‘Act like a tourist’, or build community wealth?



Scotland’s new Chief Medical Officer, Dr Gregor Smith, can’t say when the lockdown measures will be lifted here. We “are not quite at the stage yet where we have got the data which would allow us to be able to pinpoint when these measures are likely to be lifted,” he told the BBC. Correct, but […]

A viable route out of lockdown


Front-line workers are making their voices heard. The Scottish Government has been sent not one, but two, open letters from those we most rely on to battle Covid-19, expressing their unhappiness at insufficient and inadequate PPE. 100 medical professionals have signed a letter stating they have “grave concerns about the adequacy of what has been […]

Why testing is the problem that won’t go away