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Labour’s Britain: A sea change in manufacturing

Ann McKechin MP sets out the need for a new approach to rebuild manufacturing in Britain. First published on the Fabian Website on 23 September 2014 Britain, long known as…

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A pragmatic vision for a progressive Scotland

Ann McKechin Understandably, political debate in Scotland currently revolves around one event on one date. But the independence referendum has also crowded out discussion of many issues of concern to Scottish people; issues…

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David and Goliath

Charlotte Encombe   This essay is taken from Towards the local: Devolution and democratic renewal in Scotland published by Scottish Fabians in March 2014 and available to purchase here.  …

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Social justice under devolution (and beyond)

Des McNulty, Kenneth Gibb   This essay is taken from Towards the local: Devolution and democratic renewal in Scotland published by Scottish Fabians in March 2014 and available to purchase…

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Double Devolution: Devo Mark Two

Sarah Boyack MSP Last year, across Scotland, Labour councillors were elected in greater numbers. They set out what they would do to use power – whether in government or in…

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Common Cause

Trevor Davies, Carol Finlay, Mike Freundenberg, Maureen Parnell, Diarmid Weir We are at a fork in the road. We have been beguiled along this gilded path only now to find,…

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Help to Buy – Good Politics, Bad Economics, Horrendous Policy

Ann McKechin MP The Government’s wafer-thin legislative agenda for this Parliamentary session, outlined by the Queen in just seven minutes, spoke of an administration unable, and seemingly unwilling, to drive…

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Beyond the Boardroom – gender equality from the bottom up

Ann McKechin MP Gender equality in the workplace has been high on the political agenda in recent months. Two fundamentally different approaches divide those seeking progress. In Europe, EU draft…

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Dancing a Constitutional Jig

Daniel Johnson argues that politicians are dancing out of step with ordinary Scots in the constitutional debate. No Scottish wedding or new year celebration would be complete without traditional music…