“We’re taking one step forward, five steps back,” Devi Sridhar, professor of Global Public Health at the University of Edinburgh and on the Scottish Government’s covid-19 advisory group, wrote yesterday, in summing up her exasperation about the covid-19 situation in the UK. She’s not wrong.  Lockdown was a big social sacrifice, one where the vulnerable suffered […]

‘One step forward, five steps back’


September 18th. The sixth anniversary of Indyref. I’m sure I am not alone among Source Direct subscribers in wondering if we will ever see as politically vibrant times again as the summer of 2014, when it felt like there wasn’t a person in Scotland who wasn’t actively engaged in shaping the country’s future. So much […]

Don’t lose sight of what made 2014 special


The Scottish Household Survey has just been published. This data provides the most detailed account of the demographic make-up of Scotland’s communities, and how it has changed over time. It also provides information on people’s views and beliefs on a number of issues, from climate change to religious belonging. Here, we will focus on what the […]

Scotland’s communities: divided by money


Some good news – kind of. The Royal Bank of Scotland’s latest Purchasing Managers’ Index report suggests things are starting to get built and sold again. A PMI rate above 50 suggests activity is expanding rather than contracting, and Scotland’s August PMI was 55.8, ahead of Northern Ireland and Wales but behind all English regions. […]

Scotland’s looming financial storm


“There is a degree of courage that the Scots, and in particular Nicola Sturgeon, must show if they want the transition to independence and entering the EU, to be realistic. And that includes the currency. “It is not possible and it is not credible for the ‘independentists’, for the SNP, to advocate independence without advocating […]

Currency questions can’t be wished away


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



The announcement of NHS Highland buying out HC-One’s Home Farm care home in Skye has taken away the focus in much of the media from the Care Inspectorate’s official inspection report at Home Farm from 18 May, which has only just been published by the care regulator now. You can access it here.  It makes absolutely […]

The Home Farm buy-out leaves a sour taste


Common Weal director Robin McAlpine looks at the broad sweep of the Programme for Government on Source here. There will also be a further, more detailed policy analysis published on the site later today. In short, the Programme was a bit of a pre-election teaser. There’s not a lot of heavy lifting going on in terms […]

What happened to elimination?


First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will announce a “national mission” to “create new, green jobs across Scotland with fair pay and good conditions” when she sets out her Programme for Government today. The proposals will include a “youth guarantee” scheme as proposed by her economic advisory group report, a programme to re-train people to work in low-carbon industries, […]

‘New, green jobs’? Here’s what to keep an eye out for in the Programme for Govt