Update from Reid Foundation during COVID-19 crisis

Due to the coronavirus crisis, our planned fringe meeting at the STUC in April – and the STUC itself – was cancelled. The title for the meeting was ‘Constitutional options for Scotland – which way forward for progressive politics?’ It was to launch a pamphlet the Foundation has commissioned from Professor James Mitchell of the University of Edinburgh on constitutional options for Scotland. When the crisis is over and social distancing rules are relaxed, we shall arrange to launch the pamphlet.

Meanwhile, COP26 in Glasgow in November 2020 has also been cancelled. The Foundation was intending to launch a paper during that week in Glasgow from Dr Eurig Scandrett of Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh on reducing the working week as part of a move to ‘A Just Transition’. We hope that this launch might still yet be possible at that time.

Meanwhile, we shall shortly be bringing out a publication on progressive ideas for shaping the post-crisis reconstruction of economy and society. Hopefully, this will be useful in preventing neo-liberalism from trying to benefit from the crisis in order to further embed itself in our economy and society.