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The Common Weal Policy Podcast

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The Common Weal Policy Podcast.A weekly podcast explaining our policies as well as discussing Scottish policy news and events.
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Episode 24 of the Common Weal Policy PodcastYou can download the episode directly here.This week Lewis Akers is joined by Becki Menzies from Get Glasgow Moving to discuss news that the Scottish Government is standing by to be the "operator of last resort" if the current franchise holder Abelio continues to fail commuters.They then discuss the prospect of fully nationalising Scotland trains in line with Common Weal's policy paper A Public Future for Scotland's Railways.From there Lewis and Becki turn their attention to Scotland's bus networks and ask why we can't publicly run all of them too.Tickets and more information about the Challenging Transport Poverty event on the 10th of October can be found here.You can read more about Get Glasgow Moving and get involved with their campaign here.Common Weal's work is only possible thanks to our generous supporters who regularly donate an average of £10 per month. If you would like to help us build our vision of an All of Us First Scotland, you can do so here: http://commonweal.scot/about/donateThe Policy Podcast would like to discuss all of Common Weal's policy papers in detail over the next several months so if there are any papers that you would like to see covered sooner rather than later, send your suggestions in to craig@common.scotYou can also find us on iTunes, Spotify, Castbox, Stitcher, Tunein, iHeart Radio and other major podcast aggregators.You can also add the podcast to your RSS feed using this link: https://feeds.buzzsprout.com/264906.rssTheme"Hiding Your Reality" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 Licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Episode 23 of the Common Weal Policy PodcastYou can download the episode directly here.This week Lewis Akers and Craig Dalzell look at the prorogation of the UK Parliament and recent news that Scottish courts have declared that shut down to be unlawful. The impacts of these decisions and what they mean for UK constitutional law could be profound.Craig then discusses Common Weal's policy paper Foundations for Freedom which examines what a constitution is, what it isn't and how it is written and changed. You can read that paper here.Finally, Lewis and Craig talk about the role of a Scottish constitution within the independence debate and how we could use Citizens' Assemblies to write one and create a vision of the kind of Scotland that would fit the 21st century.Common Weal's work is only possible thanks to our generous supporters who regularly donate an average of £10 per month. If you would like to help us build our vision of an All of Us First Scotland, you can do so here: http://commonweal.scot/about/donateThe Policy Podcast would like to discuss all of Common Weal's policy papers in detail over the next several months so if there are any papers that you would like to see covered sooner rather than later, send your suggestions in to craig@common.scotYou can also find us on iTunes, Spotify, Castbox, Stitcher, Tunein, iHeart Radio and other major podcast aggregators.You can also add the podcast to your RSS feed using this link: https://feeds.buzzsprout.com/264906.rssTheme"Hiding Your Reality" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 Licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
September 5th, 2019Common WealEpisode 22 of the Common Weal Policy PodcastThis week Common Weal Director Robin McAlpine, and campaigns officer, Jonathon Shafi, discuss the chaos in Westminster and the need for independence and a Green New Deal.Robin gives a teaser of what to expect from our major new policy and campaign on a Scottish Green New Deal, and connects this with the breakdown of the British state. We have the ideas that will see us transition to independence, while transforming our society and economy. You can read more about Common Weal's campaign here.Common Weal's work is only possible thanks to our generous supporters who regularly donate an average of £10 per month. If you would like to help us build our vision of an All of Us First Scotland, you can do so here: http://commonweal.scot/about/donateThe Policy Podcast would like to discuss all of Common Weal's policy papers in detail over the next several months so if there are any papers that you would like to see covered sooner rather than later, send your suggestions in to craig@common.scotYou can also find us on iTunes, Spotify, Castbox, Stitcher, Tunein, iHeart Radio and other major podcast aggregators.You can also add the podcast to your RSS feed using this link: https://feeds.buzzsprout.com/264906.rssTheme"Hiding Your Reality" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 Licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Episode 21 of the Common Weal Policy PodcastYou can download this episode directly here.This week Lewis Akers and Craig Dalzell discuss Common Weal's latest campaign to launch a Green New Deal for Scotland.They start by discussing recent events in Blackpool where fracking activities have been causing increasingly strong earthquakes and use that to discuss the economics of fracking and the state of the moratorium against the activity in Scotland.From there they discuss Common Weal's upcoming blueprint for a Green New Deal and the need to "Escape and Repair". To escape the current systems - economic and political - which are destroying the planet and to start repairing them.Finally, they discuss breaking news that PM Boris Johnson has ordered the suspension of the UK parliament and what that means for Brexit, Scotland, independence and the prospects of a Green New Deal.You can read more about Common Weal's campaign here.Common Weal's work is only possible thanks to our generous supporters who regularly donate an average of £10 per month. If you would like to help us build our vision of an All of Us First Scotland, you can do so here: http://commonweal.scot/about/donateThe Policy Podcast would like to discuss all of Common Weal's policy papers in detail over the next several months so if there are any papers that you would like to see covered sooner rather than later, send your suggestions in to craig@common.scotYou can also find us on iTunes, Spotify, Castbox, Stitcher, Tunein, iHeart Radio and other major podcast aggregators.You can also add the podcast to your RSS feed using this link: https://feeds.buzzsprout.com/264906.rssTheme"Hiding Your Reality" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 Licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Episode 20 of the Common Weal Policy PodcastYou can download this episode directly here.This week, Head of Policy & Research Dr Craig Dalzell and Campaigns Officer Jonathon Shafi discuss the annual GERS report.They discuss what the report is (and what it isn't) and what it says about Scotland's finances (along with what it doesn't say).Particular highlights from the report are the encouraging signs of strengthening in the Scottish economy and the reduction of  the notional deficit but weaknesses discussed include the widening gap between London and the South East versus virtually everywhere else in the UK (including Scotland).They look at the differences in budgeting for a country compared to a region within one and they also discuss where the debate around GERS should go from here in light of calls to develop a Wellbeing Economy and to tackle the urgent issues of the "climate emergency".Common Weal's work is only possible thanks to our generous supporters who regularly donate an average of £10 per month. If you would like to help us build our vision of an All of Us First Scotland, you can do so here: http://commonweal.scot/about/donateThe Policy Podcast would like to discuss all of Common Weal's policy papers in detail over the next several months so if there are any papers that you would like to see covered sooner rather than later, send your suggestions in to craig@common.scotYou can also find us on iTunes, Spotify, Castbox, Stitcher, Tunein, iHeart Radio and other major podcast aggregators.You can also add the podcast to your RSS feed using this link: https://feeds.buzzsprout.com/264906.rssTheme"Hiding Your Reality" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 Licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Episode 19 of the Common Weal Policy PodcastYou can download this episode directly here.This week, Head of Policy & Research Dr Craig Dalzell and Campaigns Officer Jonathon Shafi talk to Callum Slater who has been researching with Common Weal over the summer and will soon be publishing a policy paper on the opportunities and barriers that an independent Scotland will face in international trade especially when framed by a Scottish Green New Deal.In the podcast, Callum talks about the concept of "policy uploaders" who are able to convice another party to take on their policy positions (or demand that they do) versus "policy downloaders" who must accept policies imposed on them by others. This is a framework particularly important with regard to bodies such as the EU where Scotland may become a policy downloader of what is currently not a Green New Deal trade policy if it seeks to rapidly enter the EU at any cost. Instead, Scotland may choose to enter EFTA and the EEA which would immediately protect access to Freedom of Movement and the Single Market but would allow Scotland to better develop its own renewable energy policy and become more of a "policy uploader" to the EU and others with regard to environmental energy policy.A newly independent Scotland will likely lack the negotiating skills and experience levels of other states and bodies around it so would be well advised to look towards international groups such as the Commonwealth and the Paris Agreement in order to build up those skills and build up the relationships required to make effective and advantageous trade deals in the future.Callum also discusses the limits to the development of Scottish trade routes while Scotland remains within the United Kingdom given the current concerntration of development in London and the South East of England and he points out the opportunities of independence given Scotland's geopolitical position and its potential ability to redevelop trade routes to Northern Europe and the Baltic states.Common Weal's work is only possible thanks to our generous supporters who regularly donate an average of £10 per month. If you would like to help us build our vision of an All of Us First Scotland, you can do so here: http://commonweal.scot/about/donateThe Policy Podcast would like to discuss all of Common Weal's policy papers in detail over the next several months so if there are any papers that you would like to see covered sooner rather than later, send your suggestions in to craig@common.scotTheme"Hiding Your Reality" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 Licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Episode 17 of the Common Weal Policy PodcastYou can download this episode directly here.This week, Head of Policy & Research Dr Craig Dalzell talks to Dr Keith Baker from Common Weal's Energy Working Group on their proposals for a National Energy Company which would own our energy assets like our power generators and transmission lines and a Scottish Energy Development Agency which would act as a strategic co-ordinator for where new infrastructure could be built and how it could contribute to the better wellbeing of the people of Scotland.They also discuss various papers produced by the Energy Working Group, all of which can be read here, and tease some future projects that they will be working on.Finally, they discuss the upcoming SNP conference where a motion on the SEDA may be being debated. Common Weal would highly encourage any and all SNP members who are going to conference to consider voting for this motion.You can read more about Dr Baker and his Energy Poverty Research Initiative here.Common Weal's work is only possible thanks to our generous supporters who regularly donate an average of £10 per month. If you would like to help us build our vision of an All of Us First Scotland, you can do so here: http://commonweal.scot/about/donateThe Policy Podcast would like to discuss all of Common Weal's policy papers in detail over the next several months so if there are any papers that you would like to see covered sooner rather than later, send your suggestions in to craig@common.scotTheme"Hiding Your Reality" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 Licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Episode 17 of the Common Weal Policy PodcastYou can download this episode directly here.In this week's Common Weal Policy Podcast Campaigns Officer Jonathon Shafi and Research Intern Lewis Akers discuss Boris Johnson's rise to Prime Minister of the UK and the implications that may have for Scotland.They also discuss Common Weal's new policy paper, Scotland's Trade, which examines the importance of having good data on Scotland's imports and exports and the effect this has on policy trade policy as well as economic and foreign policy. The implications for Scottish independence and the negotiations that Scotland will have to have with the remaining UK and with other states is also discussed.Finally, Jonathon and Lewis talk about a Scottish Statistics Agency and how it could be used to improve Scotland's trade data.Common Weal's work is only possible thanks to our generous supporters who regularly donate an average of £10 per month. If you would like to help us build our vision of an All of Us First Scotland, you can do so here: http://commonweal.scot/about/donateThe Policy Podcast would like to discuss all of Common Weal's policy papers in detail over the next several months so if there are any papers that you would like to see covered sooner rather than later, send your suggestions in to craig@common.scotTheme"Hiding Your Reality" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 Licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Episode 16 of the Common Weal Policy PodcastYou can download this episode directly here.This week Common Weal's Campaigns Officer Jonathon Shafi and Head of Policy & Research Dr Craig Dalzell discuss Craig's 2016 Common Weal policy paper Claiming Scotland's Assets.This paper looks at the principles, legalities and historical precedents surrounding the division of state-owned assets and debts when that state breaks apart into two or more constituent parts.After discussing some of the historical examples of countries breaking up Craig looks at how the 2014 independence campaign dealt with the questions of debts and assets and how the historical precedents in the paper could inform and strengthen that debate.Finally, Craig discusses the negotiating stance proposed by the Growth Commission and how it differs from the examples mentioned previously. There he references Common Weal's response to the Growth Commission, A Silver Chain.Craig will be in Edinburgh on Saturday 20th of July to give a talk about this paper and to answer questions from the audience. Details of the event can be found here.Common Weal's work is only possible thanks to our generous supporters who regularly donate an average of £10 per month. If you would like to help us build our vision of an All of Us First Scotland, you can do so here: http://commonweal.scot/about/donateThe Policy Podcast would like to discuss all of Common Weal's policy papers in detail over the next several months so if there are any papers that you would like to see covered sooner rather than later, send your suggestions in to craig@common.scotTheme"Hiding Your Reality" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 Licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Episode 15 of the Common Weal Policy PodcastYou can download this episode directly here.Common Weal's Campaign's Officer Jonathon Shafi returns to the Policy Podcast with Head of Policy & Research Dr Craig Dalzell. This week, they discuss the Scottish National Investment Bank.The SNIB is Common Weal's flagship policy win and Craig and Jonathon tell the story of Common Weal's involvment in the project up to the latest news of the adoption of the bank by the Scottish Parliament's scrutiny commitee. Their final report can be read here.Craig explains what the SNIB is intended to do in terms of providing "patient finance" to support Scotland's economy and how the SNIB differs from other investment funds and from other types of bank like a Scottish Central Bank.This policy is a perfect example of how a small think-tank backed by a broad and powerful grassroots campaign can change Scotland in significant and fundamental ways and Common Weal hopes that this will be the first of many such projects.Common Weal's work is only possible thanks to our generous supporters who regularly donate an average of £10 per month. If you would like to help us build our vision of an All of Us First Scotland, you can do so here: http://commonweal.scot/about/donateThe Policy Podcast would like to discuss all of Common Weal's policy papers in detail over the next several months so if there are any papers that you would like to see covered sooner rather than later, send your suggestions in to craig@common.scotTheme"Hiding Your Reality" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 Licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
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