‘A fish rots from its head’ is an old Chinese proverb that I like. When any system begins to fail, look to the top to figure out why. The international system is not headed by Boris Johnson, he is merely an opportunist looking to take advantage of new trends to protect his interests. No, if […]

Rule-breaking is the new normal in the era of US unilateralism


As schools begin to fully re-open in Scotland, this may begin to feel like the start of a return to normal for many, but the global situation suggests complacency would be a big mistake. The 20 million recorded infections mark globally was reached overnight, with cases doubling in just six weeks. There are 730,000 recorded […]

The global pandemic is getting worse


Common Weal head of policy & research Craig Dalzell continues his series on the economic impact of the Coronavirus by looking at global shipping. There is an aspect of our modern world that is so ubiquitous that it is bizarrely visible. It just “happens” to the point that we barely think about it. We have […]

Supplies, chained



As the world economy contracts, global debt surges. The IMF have said it will increase by 13 per cent to reach 96.4 per cent of GDP this year. Global debts are the highest they have been since WWII, at a staggering $250 trillion. That debt takes many different forms: some of it, like UK Government […]

Time for a global debt revolt?