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And for my next trip…

Nicola Sturgeon is back home after her visit to the USA. However, without any obvious trade deal or economic benefit accruing from the visit, it looks like the trip will be marked down as another item in the Scottish Government’s news grid that is forgotten about within a week. I’d like to suggest that, for her next foreign visit, the First Minister does something a little more long-lasting.

Let’s harness the power of communities to end child food poverty in the UK

The Covid-19 pandemic has impacted upon household food security across the UK, and exposed widening health inequalities. The most deprived households with children, have been particularly affected, with 2.3 million children experiencing food insecurity between August 2020 and January 2021. During this time, the voluntary sector has made important contributions in tackling child food poverty. The future sustainability of such models of funding is, however, unclear.  

Charge your Engines: ​How To Power Up Scotland’s Electric Dream

Electric Vehicles are vitally important to Scotland’s climate change plans, not least to phase out new petrol and diesel cars by 2030. Yet with less than 8 years to go, there are nowhere near enough charging points in Scotland.

“The Scottish Parliament has been only a partial success, certainly less successful than campaigners hoped for at the onset in 1997. It can do better.”

Nigel Smith was “the most influential campaigner you’ve never heard of” and one of the architects of devolution. Two years after his untimely passing, his family have published his thoughts on the Scottish Parliament’s record – and how we can revive the “new politics”.

How Many More Deaths From Drowning Before We Teach Scots Kids to Swim?

Swimming is a fundamental life skill because it can save your life, and in some cases save other lives. Yet Scottish Swimming states that 40% of Scotland’s children leave school not knowing how to swim, well over a third. These distressing stories every summer of yet another young person found dead from drowning can be prevented.

Enough of the warm words: SNP should act to make Scotland a magnet for migrants

Scotland has a problem. No, not that one. Or that one. It’s a problem that if you squint your eyes, you can see, menacingly, on the horizon. Its distance makes it all the more challenging to solve, as politicians focus on the present and at furthest the next election.
Two young people sitting at a table studying

Scottish education wasn’t broken – why did we try to fix it?

Scotland’s education system was considered to be one of the best in the world. However, in the last few years, or perhaps in the last decade, our education standards have begun to tumble.

My brother died of an overdose. I used for twenty years. Now I’m giving people hope

Former drug user Steven Brown was in Glasgow at the weekend to share his experience and show how Scotland can tackle the scandal of drug related deaths.​
A view of Edinburgh, Scotland, with the Salisbury Crags in the background on a sunny day

Where Should Power Lie in Scotland?

Everybody cares about local matters. Yet if previous local elections are anything to go by, fewer than half of us will bother turning out to vote for local politicians on May 5th. If only to restore interest in local democracy, Scotland would benefit from a renewed debate about where power lies and how services are best delivered.

System Reset Required: Go To Settings

Local government across the UK faces some of its biggest economic, political, and social challenges since the immediate post-war era. The Covid-19 pandemic amplified such inequalities, putting increasing demands on already stretched local authorities. Recent global events have also accelerated a growing cost of living crisis playing out in local communities.
Exterior of Glasgow City Chambers, George Square, Glasgow, Scotland

Take Back Control

A recent poll from Our Scottish Future found that 47% of respondents agreed with the statement that ‘a serious plan to change Britain could be more attractive than independence’. This raises the million dollar question  - what would a serious  plan to change Britain have to look like in order to convince ‘middle Scotland’ voters to remain part of the UK?
A row of terraced houses in Scotland

The Council Tax Thaw is a Missed Opportunity for Change

Despite 15 years of manifesto promises to replace it with a more progressive alternative, council tax will not be reformed this Parliament. Yet Council Tax is widely agreed to be a regressive tax and there is already cross-party support for its replacement. As even SNP council leaders accuse Holyrood of a power grab, perhaps it’s time for a fresh start in local government.

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