Articles by Adam Ramsay

Hello, I'm a co-editor of Bright Green. In my day job, I work for student campaigning network People & Planet. Once upon a time, I was a student politics hack at Edinburgh and I'm involved in various bits of activism, including through UK Uncut, No Shock Doctrine, Oxford Save Our Services, the Green Party, False Economy, UK Feminista, and various other bits and pieces. Along with Ali (also Bright Green co-editor) I run the recipe blog!/AdamRamsay

Of course they were bluffing about Scottish currency – when do these people tell the truth?

Posted on March 29, 2014 | 2 Comments

It should come as no surprise. The extraordinary admission from a government minister that Westminster would find a way to make currency union with Scotland work is, in fact, entirely ordinary. The idea that Westminster politicians have put political convenience ahead of rigorous honesty is no newer than the notion that what they say in [...]

The missing 10% and the independence of Yes Scotland

Posted on March 9, 2014 | 2 Comments

The phoney war is finally over. The independence campaign is in full swing. And as it gets going, there is a simple question for Yes Scotland: who are the 10%? Which 10% of people can be persuaded to switch to a yes vote? Answer this question, succeed in persuading most of them, and so long [...]

The speech that Darling never made

Posted on February 21, 2014 | 2 Comments

Here’s a strange thing. Alistair Darling is quoted in yesterday’s Telegraph as telling Scottish voluntary organisations that they would lose lottery funding if people vote yes in September’s referendum. Only, there’s one small problem with the story. He didn’t actually say it. The Telegraph reports that: “Speaking at the SCVO conference in Glasgow, Mr Darling [...]

An open letter to AC Grayling on his thoughts on Scottish independence

Posted on February 15, 2014 | 12 Comments

Dear Prof Grayling, I read your column in the Herald with interest. I think it’s important that people who are based in the rest of the UK engage in the independence debate, and so I am glad that you are doing so. I do, however, think much of what you say is claptrap. The idea [...]

UN Charter: “respect for the principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples”

Posted on February 14, 2014 | 2 Comments

Today, the Herald reports threats from the UK cabinet that, if Scotland votes yes in September, Westminster might deny the Scots their right to self determination. In this light, here the first chapter of the UN charter. You can read the whole thing on the UN website. The UN Charter Article 1 The Purposes of [...]

Yes campaign catching up: 13 thoughts

Posted on January 26, 2014 | 1 Comment

Scotland on Sunday has an ICM poll out on the independence referendum today showing support for the Yes campaign up significantly. John Curtice has seen the tables, and you can see his detailed breakdown here. Below are my immeditate thoughts. It’s just one poll. But it is ICM. Who, as others have pointed out, have [...]

Brighton Greens demand referendum to save care services: the fight is on

Posted on January 16, 2014 | 1 Comment

Brighton and Hove council’s Green Party administration has announced it will be pushing for a referendum on whether to save vital care services by increasing council tax by 4.75%. Here are ten immediate thoughts: 1) councils have been hit exceptionally hard by the cuts. This means services they provide – particularly social care for the [...]

The UK the most successful political union in the world? don’t be silly

Posted on December 27, 2013 | 10 Comments

One line you often hear from Better Together activists is that the UK “is the most successful political union in the world.” This sort of rampant British nationalism always annoys me – and it is, in a sense, impossible to argue with. What’s a political union? What is success? Of course if they define these [...]

Why independence makes it easier to fund childcare

Posted on December 4, 2013 | 2 Comments

By Phin Harper and Adam Ramsay

6 reasons radicals might find party politics helpful

Posted on November 16, 2013 | 3 Comments

I have a generalist attitude to political campaigning. To use the traditional metaphor, I think that left wing social movements should use all of the tools in the box. These include civil disobedience, and mass public mobilisations, and education, and publicity stunts. And electioneering is one such gadget. Specifically, I’m a member of the Green [...]

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