The ultimate problem is an irrational economic system that refuses to harness itself to any ends but profit. But a significant secondary factor is deficient political leadership.
Green New Deal
“What Scotland is seeking is the kind of meaningful local democracy which empowers it to be a responsible partner nation among all the other countries in the world, and we should say so with confidence.”
The Pressure series: Helping others see us
The Scottish Greens are asking the Scottish Parliament to declare a nature emergency, putting the declaration to Holyrood this Wednesday 18.
Scotland Could Declare a Nature Emergency
Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) has published a report on what an economic recovery should look like for the people of Scotland.
STUC Publishes ‘People’s Recovery’ Report
“This year’s PfG would have proven to be far too modest even if we were not in the midst of an economic crisis and a global pandemic. In the context of them, the goals being set by the Scottish Government are not doing enough to meet these challenges”
Is this doing enough? – A review of the Programme for Government 2020
“Generally, if you wish to be progressive, then you don’t give all your tight public finances to corporations. The words ‘public’ and ‘ownership’ do not appear in the same sentence in this report. There is little which will be substantially different from what I expect from the UK Government in the same poicy fields – and that is a worry.”
Programme for Government: who benefits as the government runs out of steam?
Amid the GERS hullabaloo yesterday (a good analysis of that is on Sourcehere), there was some other interesting things going on that deserve a bit more attention. First, the STUC, Scotland’s leading trade union body, have written to Alok Sharma MP and Paul Wheelhouse MSP, UK and Scottish Energy Ministers respectively, calling for an urgent bilateral […]
Why is Scotland’s green energy manufacturing industry in crisis, in a climate emergency?
Vinnie Collins looks at the example of Green Jobs Oshawa in Canada, where a coalition is looking to repurpose a closed General Motors plant into a Green New Deal manufacturing hub, and finds there may be lessons to learn for the case of Alexander Dennis in Falkirk. Scotland and Canada have a lot in common. […]
Vinnie Collins: From Canada to Scotland, we need to bring the fight for decent jobs and climate justice together
The case of Alexander Dennis, the bus builder based in Falkirk now expected to axe 650 jobs, highlights the need for government to think big about how it tackles this economic crisis. Alexander Dennis is the leading bus manufacturer in the UK, and a world leader in double-decker bus manufacturing. It has developed the ability […]
Scotland needs the skills at Alexander Dennis, one way or another
On Monday the Scottish Government proposed that the UK needs £80 billion of investment for a Coronavirus recovery plan – equating to 4% of the UK’s GDP. Instead, Boris Johnson has revealed his ‘New Deal’ for £5 billion of investment – 0.2% of the UK’s GDP – in a speech full of rhetoric.