Stuart Crawford and Richard Marsh: Defending an Independent Scotland post-Brexit
Stuart Crawford and Richard Marsh, authors of a 2012 RUSI paper on defence in an independent Scotland, find that changed circumstances since 2014 means a different set of priorities for defence spending after independence is needed, with some important implications for the size of an independent Scotland’s defence budget
Robin McAlpine: This is a moment for honesty - we haven't made enough progress in the past 5 years
Common Weal Director Robin McAlpine argues that the independence cause has not moved forward sufficiently in the half-decade since indyref. Robin will be discussing this more at our CommonSpace Forum to mark five years since indyref on Thursday 26 September.
Craig Berry: I voted No in 2014 - this is what moved me to Yes
Craig Berry, electrical engineer and writer on energy and technology, says it was convincing arguments that changed his mind on independence, not simply the changing conditions of UK politics
IN 2014 I voted No. It's not something I've particularly tried to hide, but it is something which I feel was a mistake. It's important to understand that it wasn't political conditions that convinced me to support independence; it was something far more effective.
Iain Black: Thank You for 2014
Iain Black, co-convenor of the Scottish Independence Convention and Voices for Scotland board member, publishes a note of thank you to everyone he campaigned with in the 2014 referendum, and explains why that campaign meant so much to him
As part of the five year anniversary, I wanted to contribute a very personal and local thank you, written to all those people with whom I campaigned during the first Scottish independence referendum. I posted it on Facebook on 31 December 2014.
In Defence of 2014 - in defence of popular democracy
Kicking off our week of special coverage on the fifth anniversary of the 2014 independence referendum, CommonSpace editor Ben Wray says those who remember fondly the transformative powers of 2014 need to defend popular democracy today, which is under-attack from a concerted effort to extract it from Britain’s body politic forever
IT’S a strange thing to think about the 2014 independence referendum as an item of history.
John Davis: Boris Johnson and his acolytes have exposed themselves as spiteful English nationalists
John Davis, Professor of Education at The University of Strathclyde, analyses English nationalist assumptions about Scotland’s place in the Union and what the reaction to the Inner House Of The Court Of Session prorogation ruling tells us about Tory shame-game politics
IT IS so sad that it takes an MEP to summarise the current state of the Tory broken union and to show us what has been there, under our noses, for many years.
Robin McAlpine: This is the one thing which can save Westminster
Common Weal director Robin McAlpine argues that the collapse of the British state is at least 40 years in the making – we shouldn’t try to save it
HA! You didn't fall for that did you? One thing, one single thing, that can save the Westminster system? You're kidding right? Do you really think I can distill such a complex social failure into a single, facile, off-the-shelf solution? What do you think I am, a Lib Dem?