“News addicts, activists and idealists tend to be confounded by the apparently slow recognition of a major social and economic crises in the wider public. But taking a step back from the frenetic cycle of events makes perfect sense of the phenomenon.”

Analysis: It’s too early to know the meaning of 2020



If we can now imagine a world with the virus under control, the question returns to managing the economic and social fallout. The coronavirus started as a public health issue, but its economic after-effects will continue to transform everyday lives with major political consequences.

Source Direct: Vaccine roll out begins, but what now?




What should we expect from Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s Spending Review today? Not austerity – at least not yet, at least not for most. The hedge fund chancellor was keen to emphasise that point with Andrew Marr on Sunday, that there “will not be austerity” now, but at some point borrowing will “have to be grappled […]

Does Sunak have a plan?



When we talk about regional inequality, we usually talk about the chasm between London & the South-East and the rest of the UK, including Scotland. On that scale, Britain is one of the most regionally unequal country’s in Europe. But regional inequalities matter within Scotland too, have been growing for a long time, and are being […]

Inverclyde, and why we should worry about Scotland’s regional inequality