independence – self-determination – autonomy


  • Review

    How to Start a New Country

    I only occasionally do book reviews, largely because I am not the world’s greatest reader of them and so do not often think about writing […]

    Richard Murphy 15th Mar'18 8
  • Commentary

    Transforming Child Care in Scotland

    What would a community-based, intergenerational approach to early learning and childcare look like? Professor of Childhood Inclusion John Davis and freelance researcher Jamie Mann compare […]

    John Davies and Jamie Mann 13th Oct'15 11
  • Civil Liberties
    21st Aug'15 17
  • Arts & Culture

    Butterfly Rammy

    Common Weal’s Butterfly Rammy begins its 21-show run at the Edinburgh Festival on Friday (buy tickets here). The show has an accompanying book (now on sale […]

    Robin McAlpine 6th Aug'15 8
  • Commentary

    Hope Over Fear?

    By Robin McAlpine I never really wanted any front-line political or public role and avoided it for most of my career. One of the reasons […]

    Robin McAlpine 28th Apr'15 182
  • Commentary

    A Little Bit More Conversation

    By Alan Mackie So far we at Common Weal Fife have had three meetings, and three well attended meetings. We should be pleased – the […]

    21st Feb'15 16
  • Film and Animation
    Mike Small 24th Nov'14 2
  • Commentary

    Pushing Forward Not with Certainty

    Letting go is so much harder than clinging on. It’s a skill I’m having to learn after 20 years working in the media and in […]

    Robin McAlpine 4th Nov'14 34
  • Commentary

    Brain v Blancmange

      As Jenny Hjul appears to be cooking nicely in a ceviche of her own bile, the contrasting experiences of the campaign strike home. For one side […]

    Mike Small 10th Aug'14 14
  • Film and Animation

    Common People

    Robin McAlpine is closing down the Ministry of Common People on Your Knees, the Ministry of Stupid and the Ministry of Failure … From the […]

    Robin McAlpine 1st Aug'14 1
  • Commentary

    What Can Be Done?

    You may have seen gossip about internal politics around the Reid Foundation in the media. I never conduct private business in public and in time […]

    Robin McAlpine 22nd Jul'14 37
  • Commentary

    Practical Idealism

    The outpouring of new thinking and energy is palpable but what about ideas and policy? Over the last year the Jimmy Reid Foundation has been […]

    Mike Small 3rd Jun'14 13
  • Austerity Britain
    Stewart McDonald 12th Mar'14 4
  • Film and Animation

    All of Us First

    Inspiring video to go with the stylish launch of Commonweal … is this what democracy looks like?

    8th Dec'13 12
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