‘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


The “sex, gender and covid-19 project” launches this morning, which describes itself as “the world’s most comprehensive dashboard for covid-19 data broken down by sex and gender”. The dashboard allows you to look at the specifics of different countries and compare across countries, and across time. It makes for some interesting reading. Of the 173 countries in […]

Between infected and affected: the impact of covid-19 on women


“A Democrat administration would be more hostile to Brexit, and more willing to work with Brussels to squeeze the UK in Brexit negotiations. This could create and avenue for opposition forces in the UK, above all Starmer’s Labour and the SNP.”

What does Joe Biden’s nomination mean for Scotland?


Tomorrow, it will be exactly 67 years since the coup in Iran which overthrew Iranian prime minister Mohammed Mossadegh. It has long been known that the UK’s MI6 and the US’ CIA orchestrated the coup, but for the first time a first-hand account has come to light, one which shines a spotlight on the key […]

Why the UK’s history of coup-making still matters



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


Shortly before the pandemic hit, there had been a wave of protests against inequality in Chile, that seemed to go on and on, growing all the time and increasingly disrupting everyday life. At one point, in the capital Santiago, a message was projected onto the side of a building which read: “We won’t go back […]

Normal was the problem – and now it is disaster


Carlos Rodriguez Expósito of the Taxi Project 2.0 in Spain says the unity and strength to resist ‘Uberisation’ was developed over many years of organising and struggle. Now, taxi drivers are expanding their range of tactics. FOR a few years now, the taxi industry’s struggle against platform capitalism, the so-called ‘Uberisation’ of the economy (or rather, […]

How workers can win – a Taxi lesson


The UK is on a trajectory towards the highest death toll in Europe. Deaths per million does not look good either – currently fourth and on a path for third or second. Scotland is slightly behind the UK as a whole, but on a similar trajectory. No objective comparative analysis could say that Scotland and the […]

International comparison is necessary – and is here to stay