The Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s ‘A stronger Scottish lifeline in the economic storm’, a briefing paper published yesterday, is a good starting point for debate about what needs to be in the Scottish Government’s Programme for Government in September to stave off the most devastating economic impacts of the crisis in the immediate term. Jobs: 628,000 workers have […]

A stronger Scottish lifeline?


On Source Direct yesterday morning we asked what the Scottish Finance Secretary Kate Forbes would do differently from the Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s mini-budget on Wednesday. The answer soon followed. Forbes announced a tax cut to property buying and selling (LBTT), very similar in substance to the Chancellor’s cut to the English version of the same tax (Stamp […]

Is the Scottish Govt really prioritising rising property values when a “tidal wave” of evictions are on their way?




I am currently reading recently published book ‘Alpha City: How the Super-Rich Captured London’. One of the points made by author professor Rowland Atkinson is that despite the city being the ultimate paradise for the super-rich, with more ‘High Net-Worth Individuals’ per inhabitant than any other city in the world, overt lobbying is not usually […]

The Jenrick scandal highlights London’s plutocracy problem



It is a grim irony that on the day it was announced that Heriot-Watt University had removed the Salmond “rocks will melt with the sun before I allow tuition fees to be imposed on Scotland’s students” stone, the Scottish Parliament had one of its most dire day’s on historical record. Many university Principals are now […]

A grim day in Holyrood


An important set of housing proposals will go before the Scottish Parliament today. Scottish Greens MSP Andy Wightman is proposing a number of amendments to the Coronavirus Bill to support tenants, including a hardship fund, that rent arrears accrued during the crisis can’t be used as grounds for eviction when the eviction ban is lifted, […]

A housing test of the Scottish Parliament


As Britain’s Covid-19 death toll becomes the highest in Europe, we should be clear that we are not all suffering equally. Analysis of ONS data in England and Wales of mortality since the Covid-19 crisis began has found twice the rate of deaths in poor areas as rich ones.  “It is not a leveller,” Magi […]

Hygienic spaces for tenants is surely not too much to ask


“It is pretty clear the Scottish establishment is starting to mobilise to see if it can limited reform as much as possible. They’re already saying ‘first get me my neoliberal utopia back at great public expense – then and only then am I willing to offer you a couple of minor nods towards reform’.”

Robin McAlpine: Recover forward – how to use crisis for good