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Eddie Barnes.

Eddie Barnes (Director, ScotlandCan)

Eddie is a former political journalist with the Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday titles and previously worked as Head of Strategy and Communications with the Scottish Conservatives. 

Spend Boris's Billion On Health Reform

Spend Boris's Billion On Health Reform

Facebook-f Twitter Eddie Barnes | Twitter Earlier this week, the Auditor General for Scotland Stephen Boyle wrote powerfully about the continuing gap between ambitious policy announcements and actual delivery on the ground in Scotland. On cue, we learned…
The Path to Mediocrity

The Path to Mediocrity

Facebook-f Twitter Eddie Barnes | Twitter This site has focussed over the last two weeks on radical ideas for next week’s Programme for Government. The brief given to contributors was to forget about the focus groups and,…
In Conversation: Scotland's Drugs Deaths with Annmarie Ward

In Conversation: Scotland's Drugs Deaths with Annmarie Ward

Eddie Barnes | Twitter Facebook-f Twitter After a week where she has led the news agenda on Scotland’s drugs deaths crisis, Annemarie Ward of FAVOR UK speaks to Eddie Barnes and warns that next years…
Finding a Glimmer of Hope

Finding a Glimmer of Hope

Eddie Barnes | Twitter Facebook-f Twitter https://youtu.be/xWN8gp4Je6E This video by the charity Change Grow Live gives Carl, a former heroin and crack addict, a chance to tell his own story of recovery. It’s worth watching as…
Small Can be Beautiful - and Dangerous

Small Can be Beautiful - and Dangerous

Eddie Barnes | Twitter Facebook-f Twitter Small is beautiful, wrote the German philosopher EF Schumacher more than forty years ago. True, but small can also be dangerous. Exhibit A: Public Sector Scotland.   The beauty…
Change is inevitable after Covid but is Scotland ready to seize it, to shape it?

Change is inevitable after Covid but is Scotland ready to seize it, to shape it?

Eddie Barnes | Twitter Facebook-f Twitter Whether it is improving our schools or sorting out our justice system, the ideas we have read about speak to a widespread thirst for a better nation to emerge…
A First Minister For Health?

A First Minister For Health?

Eddie Barnes | Twitter Facebook-f Twitter Interviewing Sir Michael Marmot for ScotlandCan last week, I was struck by a comment he made about the priorities governments and nations make. Looking back over the last decade,…
Sir Michael Marmot: Covid has exposed the social factors behind health inequality

Sir Michael Marmot: Covid has exposed the social factors behind health inequality

Eddie Barnes | Twitter Facebook-f Twitter   Prefer video? You can watch an extract of the interview with Sir Michael Marmot, on which this article was based, here. If you want to study the devastating…
Welcome to Scotland Can.

Welcome to Scotland Can.

Eddie Barnes | @eddiebarnes23 Facebook-f Twitter Welcome to ScotlandCan, a new platform for fresh ideas in Scotland, set up by the think-tank Our Scottish Future. Like many others involved in Scottish politics over the last…

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