Posts By: Alan Young

Overfriendly Scots government is stifling our independence

In February I attended the launch of the final report of the Panel on the Independence of the Voluntary Sector. 

It was something of an epiphany: I was back in the political and intellectual climate and culture in which I grew up. I sensed once more an independent voluntary sector that knew and felt its own strength, and its own particular duty in a truly democratic society: robustly expressing a range of diverse and fiercely independent perspectives on the world. I instinctively felt at home in a way I have never truly have in the past 13 years working within the Scottish third sector, for the past five of these at a senior policy level. Read more on Overfriendly Scots government is stifling our independence…