Live in Edinburgh? Your city needs you. For the good of Scotland’s capital, you must “act like a tourist”.  You see, the tourist industry doesn’t have any tourists to sell their stuff to, so residents need to take their place. Out of the goodness of your hearts, the people of Edinburgh need to rush back […]

‘Act like a tourist’, or build community wealth?


Andy Colvin, a resident of Kilmarnock, says many who are self-employed are not getting the support they need. Andy highlights the case of his friend, Sandy Hillan, who has been at the heart of the community response to the crisis but is under severe financial pressure personally. I’M getting a little tired with announcements on […]

The rhetoric and the reality


“As tourism has been one of the sectors hardest hit by the pandemic, so it will likely be one of the sectors most difficult to reopen.”

On Your Marks, Jet Set…


The new “test, trace, isolate, support” strategy announced by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon yesterday was an important milestone in Scotland’s Covid-19 crisis. The paper sets out a distinctive Scottish approach to community tracing and testing, and thus is the first strategic disjuncture from the UK response to this crisis. As Common Weal head of policy […]

“Track, train, employ”?


The Scottish Government’s new ‘Framework for Decision-Making‘ document is worth 20 minutes of your time. It sets out a sound set of principles in which to move forward on the public health side, based on learning from best international practise and with the right values at its heart. There is no talk of “flattening the […]

A “class group-think” problem?


“The economy is not some mechanistic computer that can simply be turned off and on again so we should be prepared for a substantial amount of rebuilding as we come out of the crisis.”

Turn it off and on again


A flurry of forecasts of economic doom arrived yesterday, though there’s good reason to think they were over-optimistic in their doom-mongering. The IMF have predicted a 3 per cent slump for the year globally, presuming the world can get out of lockdown by summer without a second spike. In the UK, the Office for Budget […]

Forward to the hibernation economy



Food. Everyone needs it. It’s one of those universal essentials that goes on regardless of a pandemic. But most of us are so used to getting it on our plate that we don’t worry about it how it got there, and whether the mechanisms which led it to get there are resilient. There is growing […]

Chickens coming home to roost