Let’s develop a little scorecard on where we are with the economic measures in the UK and Scotland to cope with our new pandemic-world.  For corporations, we have 80 per cent of the wages they owe workers affected by Covid-19 covered by government. That’s a significant drop in their costs, overnight. For banks, we have […]

The bailout scorecard


Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a wise man if ever there was one, described hope as “being able to see that there is light despite all the darkness”. Where do I see hope in our global Pandemic? In the struggles of people who are realising their own power to shape their lives and the society around them. In the […]

The Silverburn Suffragettes, and other sources of hope


There’s a common refrain at the moment in the UK which goes along the lines of ‘no one can predict what is going to happen’, or ‘there is a lot of unknowns’. That is only partly true. The thing about a global crisis of this nature is that it may be very fast, but it […]

Beware of lockdown passivity





I got interested in politics around the time of the Iraq War when I was about 14. Since then, I’ve seen the bank bailouts, the expenses scandal, Austerity, Grenfell, Carillion and climate inaction. That’s just off the top of my head. So forgive me if I have a little lack of trust about how our […]

Until proven otherwise



“Times are interesting enough without fettering our country with rules that no longer make sense, never did, and will ultimately leave us vulnerable to another round of crises as the economic cycle returns to ‘normal’.”

Craig Dalzell: Investing in Interesting Times