Analysis: 5 ways new research shows Scotland lives in permanent food poverty
New research by Menu for Change shows that food poverty has become deeply ingrained as a feature of Scottish life
DESPITE a vaunted recovery in employment and claims by the Conservative government that the dog days of austerity are behind us, food poverty persists.
In the year from 2017-18 Scots received some half a million emergency food parcels to alleviate the most acute forms of food poverty. There are now 2,000 food banks in regular operation across the UK, when there were almost none less than 20 years ago.
Analysis: Will John McDonnell get the chance to deliver on his bold vision for the economy?
A four day week, universal basic services and free green technology transfer to the global south are among the shadow Chancellor’s big policy announcements at Labour conference – but will it all be overshadowed by Brexit?
JOHN MCDONNELL’S speech to Labour’s party conference in Brighton on Monday [23 September] was full of good ideas.
How do we know that? Look at the screeching of Britain’s unhinged right-wing in response.
The Daily Express: “McDonnell launches his Marxist plan for state control of the economy and crippling taxes”
Watch: Richard Leonard and John McDonnell on Labour's economic plans and constitutional chaos
CommonSpace provides analysis on comments made by the shadow chancellor and Scottish Labour leader asserting the importance of economic transformation from putting forth mixed messages on constitutional matters
COMMONSPACE spoke to Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard and Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell on their pre-election campaign stop in Glasgow.
Analysis: Why industry, not education, is at the heart of Scotland’s productivity problem
A new Scottish Productivity Index provides an insight into the Scottish economy’s major structural weaknesses which induce a low-rate of output per hour worked – tackling the problem will mean moving past failed dogmas, Ben Wray finds
Analysis: ‘Pointless’ Spending Review reveals the sham of Austerity
Sajid Javid’s Spending Review will never see the light of day with a General Election imminent – but it did expose the sham of the past nine years of Tory austerity, Ben Wray finds
POLITICS is moving so quickly that it is difficult to remember even the recent past. But we should try, because the rulebook created by the Conservative party post-financial crisis about public finances, the one they told us must be abided by or else the country would go down the tubes, has been ripped up by that very same party.
Beyond the Noise: The Tory plan to weaponise pensions
Beyond the Noise with David Jamieson is a weekly podcast with CommonSpace journalist David Jamieson, where he gets behind the 24/7 news cycle and gets to the heart of issues, trying to find the substance behind the headlines
THIS week Jamieson is joined by Pensioners Forum campaigner Elinor McKenzie to discuss a new paper circulating the Tory party by the Centre for Social Justice. It argues for the raising of the pension age to 75 by 2035, indicating a new strategy among the ruling elite in the face of demographic changes.
Jamieson and McKenzie discuss: