UK-based Common Wealth puts ‘our’ Common Weal in the shade

Thanks to Brenda Steele for drawing my attention to this essentially ‘green’ set of ideas from Common Wealth.

The contrast with the hissy fits, hatchet-jobs and rants we get far too often now from Common Weal and especially their Great Leader, could not be sharper.

It’s full of ideas for things to do, as yet not achieved by the SNP Government, but offers them with intelligence and respect. It recognises and applauds what it has done in its constrained circumstances.

Before coming to those, a quick word about one of the authors, Laurie Macfarlane, who also writes for Open Democracy, a long-term favourite of mine and a site which has often published high quality thinking about Scotland which is both constructive and aware of what has been achieved by the SNP.

Perhaps because they are not based here, they do not carry the baggage of past battles by ineffective Unionist leftists against the SNP as it marched to the left of them?

Macfarlane has also tweeted:

Who is the face top-left?

Common Weal seems to have missed Douglas Ross and his astonishing wriggle on BBC Scotland radio.

A few examples from Common Wealth of how to win friends and influence people:

The establishment of the Scottish National Investment Bank (SNIB) is a considerable achievement.

In recent years the Scottish Parliament has made significant progress towards enhancing security of tenure in the private rented sector.

Land reform has been one of the crowning achievements of the Scottish Parliament. 

Can you imagine Common Weal saying any of that? Not me.

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4 thoughts on “UK-based Common Wealth puts ‘our’ Common Weal in the shade”

  1. I believe Mr MacFarlane and colleagues also advised labour in Scotland on its policy, which its leader Mr Leonard announced last week. Unfortunately, the main ideas were obscured by the predictable rant (insofar as Mr Leonard rants) against independence.

    The Open Democracy article – while studiously non-partisan (with regard to parties) – has similarities with the proposals put forward by Common Weal earlier in the year.


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