World leaders must set aside rivalry to fight this scourge
POSTED ON April 21, 2020 | Comments (0)
“The only thing which will redeem mankind is co-operation,” observed the philosopher Bertrand Russell. Perhaps only a real crisis is enabling us truly to appreciate what this means and what it might take. What if one of our world leaders wrote to their counterparts in...
TED and the Edinburgh Conversations: Part II
POSTED ON February 23, 2011 | Comments (0)
To follow up on my last blog about TEDGlobal, here are some suggestions for conversation topics about a new Scotland: What do we mean by independence? In an interdependent world, where does nationalism fit? How important is a separate identity? And is independence or identity...
Asking the Right Questions
POSTED ON February 10, 2011 | Comments (0)
Some readers will have seen my piece in the Scotsman recently commenting on concerns expressed about the conduct of a Scottish Parliament committee when questioning those appearing before it on the subject of the Parliament's tax-raising powers. This raises the more general issue of how...
POSTED ON May 24, 2010 | Comments (0)
We all know that something really interesting happened in British politics with the agreement of the Conservatives and Lib-Dems to work in coalition. What is interesting is the reaction. People don't quite know how to deal with it. We are accustomed to an adversarial approach...
Mediation and Coalition Government
POSTED ON May 02, 2010 | Comments (0)
An intriguing and unheralded intervention in the general election campaign came last week from the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution in London. The Centre suggested that, with the prospect of a "hung" parliament, what we need is a Parliamentary Coalition Independent Mediator. Although a bit...