An Open Letter To NHS Highland

Over the last few months I have been involved in a campaign that is asking for an independent review of local health and social care services. The campaign was sparked by the local health board – NHS Highland – announcing that both community hospitals in the area will be closed and replaced by a single new…

Scottish Independence: Status Quo (Whatever You Want)

“Should Scotland be an independent country?” On the 18th of September people living in Scotland will have the opportunity at the ballot box to answer Yes or No. Since the date of the referendum was announced the onus has been on independence enthusiasts to bring forward arguments in support of their cause, and they have…

Scotland’s Future: Business As Usual (More Or Less)

I have just ploughed my way through the first four chapters of Scotland’s Future, the Scottish Government’s white paper which argues the case for voting “yes” in next year’s referendum on Scottish independence, and outlines the Scottish National Party’s “priorities for action” should they be voted back into government after Scotland becomes independent. I confess…

Russell Brand Ate My Hamster!

A couple of weeks ago, prompted by lots of activity on facebook, I published this article about Russell Brand’s recent interview with Jeremy Paxman. A few days later I published this one about how our insane system of money-as-debt is slowly driving our economy off a cliff. The Russell Brand article has been viewed by…

Russell Brand And The Tooting Popular Front

Over the last couple of days my Facebook page has been plastered with posts and comments about Russell Brand’s interview with Jeremy Paxman, which has left me a bit perplexed because there was nothing remotely illuminating in Russell’s rant. His frustration with our dysfunctional political and economic systems is genuine and understandable but if he had…

Why don’t we have a Dylan Ratigan anywhere in our mainstream media? What a breath of fresh air. Watch this and be inspired.

Another great video from RSA Animate in which Roman Krznaric argues the case for empathy as a force to make the world a better place for all of us. I love his ideas for exhibits in the museum of empathy.