“I’ve been trying to describe an economy in which we have good jobs because we make high-quality products that people actually need and that we do it to high environmental standards. This has nothing to do with ‘finance sector games’; it shouldn’t be controversial or radical.”

Robin McAlpine: The future is Radio Rental


In politics, the case rarely changes, only the basis for its justification.  The economics of the union, for example, is made and re-made based on whatever policy the UK state happens to be pursuing at any given time. The ‘age of austerity’? Then focus on an independent Scotland’s prospective budget deficit, and suggest that a […]

The changing moods of unionist economics


Global stock markets have tumbled as evidence emerged that several US states which have re-opened are seeing rising cases of Covid-19. Stock markets don’t actually tell you much about what’s going on in the real economy, but it is a sign of just how precarious investors think economic recovery is, as it hinges on avoiding […]

Tear up the old economic rules



The bosses’ offensive is reaching full throttle. The key piece of government advice it has in its sights is the two metre rule for physical distancing.  Tory backbenchers are pushing the Cabinet hard for a relaxation of the rule, citing World Health Organisation advice of one metre and pointing to countries, like Singapore for instance, […]

Sticking to the 2 metre rule is a litmus test




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…