Politics and things that citizens care about

“You’d almost think the British political establishment wants us to believe that only things that they care about (trade deals, spying, weapons manufacture, protecting financial services) are ‘proper’ and ‘important’ politics. You might get the impression that things that citizens care about (affordable housing, decent pensions, decent jobs, reasonable electricity bills) are self-indulgent whimsy, far removed from the appropriate concerns of a ‘proper’ system of national management.” ~ Robin McAlpine, Director, Reid Foundation, on the purpose of the Common Weal campaign for Scotland.

http://reidfoundation.org/2013/12/scotland-needs-popular-politics/

Related reading: 
. “Real politics is surely more visceral, bound up with the fundaments of the way people think about themselves, and their place in the world.” ~ John Harris writes in the Guardian

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jul/11/third-scotland-referendum-radical-left-politics

Common Weal – practical idealism for Scotland

http://allofusfirst.org/the-key-ideas/

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