Politics

Don’t let the COVID-19 messaging lead to complacency

It is no understatement to describe the impact of Coronavirus COVID-19 as devastating. But we are now in a much better place than we were in April. Yet as we ease our way out of lockdown, there is surely a real risk of complacency. Messaging from the Scottish government on this has been clear...the virus… Continue reading Don’t let the COVID-19 messaging lead to complacency

News, Politics

Looking forwards with hope and trepidation

So my relocation to Scotland was completed last month; and I am now looking forwards to working with the local voluntary sector and other organisations that share my interest in social change. Firstly I need to build a network of contacts and hopefully schedule some workshops on topics that can help develop the skills and… Continue reading Looking forwards with hope and trepidation

Politics

Brexit explained (sort of)…

So tonight Parliament is having another attempt at reaching a consensus on Brexit. But whatever the outcome, the government is showing little sign that any alternatives would be acceptable. The loudest advocates for Brexit, a collection of neo-liberals and far-right activists, seem unlikely to settle for anything other than complete withdrawal from the EU without… Continue reading Brexit explained (sort of)…

Civil Society, Politics

Shouldn’t the voluntary sector be making calls for a final say?

  What a shambles. The government has released another tranche of papers on what to expect if there is no deal, but the shape of a final outcome is still no clearer. Yet it’s the biggest and most significant event in decades. Undoing almost 50 years of EU membership will affect almost every aspect of… Continue reading Shouldn’t the voluntary sector be making calls for a final say?