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



I got interested in politics around the time of the Iraq War when I was about 14. Since then, I’ve seen the bank bailouts, the expenses scandal, Austerity, Grenfell, Carillion and climate inaction. That’s just off the top of my head. So forgive me if I have a little lack of trust about how our […]

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