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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 33 of the Common Weal Policy PodcastYou can download the episode directly here.This week, Campaigns Officer Jonathon Shafi and Head of Policy & Research Dr Craig Dalzell look at the shift in Scottish Labour's position in the constitutional debate. Unable to "Out Union" the Conservatives and obviously neither able to nor desiring to "Out Indy" the SNP, Labour have been re-examining their offer for Home Rule, Devo-Max or Federalism. This episode looks at the limits and difficulties they are likely to face as they attempt to define this political offer.Note that due to scheduling issues, this episode was recorded on Monday 13th of January, shortly before the formal confirmation that Boris Johnson has refused a Section 30 order on independence.You can read Common Weal's paper on Federalism here and you can read Robin McAlpine's article that Jonathon mentioned during the podcast here.More about the Common Home project can be found at the website https://commonweal.scot/our-common-homeThe books can be bought at the Common Weal shop here.And the policy papers and technical reports mentioned can all be found in the Common Weal Policy Library.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/Support the show (http://commonweal.scot/about/donate)
Episode #32 - 2020 Vision

Episode #32 - 2020 Vision

2020-01-0800:24:16

Episode 32 of the Common Weal Policy PodcastYou can download the episode directly here.Welcome to 2020 and Season 2 of the Common Weal Policy PodcastThis week, Campaigns Officer Jonathon Shafi and Head of Policy & Research Dr Craig Dalzell discuss Common Weal's plans for 2020 against a backdrop of the ongoing climate emergency, global wildfires, renewed conflict in the Middle East and, of course, Brexit.This last one gets particular attention as the UK Government has announced intention to ignore the fact that the Scottish Parliament will refuse permission to allow the UK to legislate on devolved areas of government overriding the Scottish Government as it does so.More about the Common Home project can be found at the website https://commonweal.scot/our-common-homeThe books can be bought at the Common Weal shop here.And the policy papers and technical reports mentioned can all be found in the Common Weal Policy Library.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/Support the show (http://commonweal.scot/about/donate)
Episode 31 of the Common Weal Policy PodcastYou can download the episode directly here.This week Johnathon Shafi and Craig Dalzell continue their discussion about the Common Home Plan - Common Weal's blueprint for a Green New Deal for Scotland.In this episode, they discuss the impact that a Green New Deal will have on international trade and how Scotland could shape future trade deals by taking into account the extend to which other coutries have begun to decarbonise their economies. The impact that Scotland could have globally by exporting our knowledge, skills and Green New Deal technology could also be an effective way of helping other countries catch up in the journey to a zero-carbon world.They then move on to discuss the impact of green trade on the fundamental way we buy and sell goods and services. A Green New Deal World will require us to fundamentally rethink the way we advertise goods and the way we consume them.More about the Common Home project can be found at the website https://commonweal.scot/our-common-homeThe books can be bought at the Common Weal shop here.And the policy papers and technical reports mentioned can all be found in the Common Weal Policy Library.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/Support the show (http://commonweal.scot/about/donate)
Episode 30 of the Common Weal Policy PodcastYou can download the episode directly here.This week Craig Dalzell is joined by Jason Douglas from the Common Weal South Lanarkshire Local Group to talk about the proposals in the Our Common Home plan for improving housing and other buildings.A builder himself, Jason is well versed in the kinds of issues that may be faced when trying to improve building standards for new houses - including possible resistance from the industry if they are told to improve standards to that demanded by a Green New Deal.On top of new builds, the Our Common Home plan also asks for £40 billion worth of investment to retrofit existing buildings up to this new standard. This will require a lot of training but will also demand a whole new generation of jobs in the coming years so Jason argues that the Scottish Government should start work now to ensure that young folk in Scotland are being trained up for the jobs that will be created in the coming years.More about the Common Home project can be found at the website https://commonweal.scot/our-common-homeThe books can be bought at the Common Weal shop here.And the policy papers and technical reports mentioned can all be found in the Common Weal Policy Library.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/Support the show (http://commonweal.scot/about/donate)
Episode 29 of the Common Weal Policy PodcastYou can download the episode directly here. This week Jonathon Shafi and Craig Dalzell are joined by special guest Jenny Floki who came along to the launch party for Common Weal's new project Our Common Home - A Green New Deal for Scotland.They discuss the importance of this kind of political campaign not just because of the environmental consequences but the social impacts too if we get this right.Jenny discusses her experiences of the impact of damaging economic policies as they were applied to Greece while ignoring those social consequences.Craig also talks about the current generation of politicians and the need for them to stop talking about the climate emergency in terms of targets but now to do so in terms of roadmaps and actual action to meet those targets.More about the Common Home project can be found at the website https://commonweal.scot/our-common-homeThe books can be bought at the Common Weal shop here.And the policy papers and technical reports mentioned can all be found in the Common Weal Policy Library.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/Support the show (http://commonweal.scot/about/donate)
Episode 28 of the Common Weal Policy PodcastYou can download the episode directly here.This week Common Weal Campaigns Officer talks to Head of Policy & Research Craig Dalzell and with Common Weal's Volunteers Organiser Elaine McKenna.They discuss the current political landscape of the main parties in Westminster with their strengths and weaknesses going into the newly announced General Election.They also discuss the implications of the elections on the possibility of a second Scottish independence referendum.The podcast also moves beyond the party politics to look at the exciting non-party political events happening in Scotland such as the Radical Independence Conference and Common Weal's upcoming launch of our Green New Deal project.Tickets for the Green New Deal Launch Party can be purchased 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/Support the show (http://commonweal.scot/about/donate)
Episode 27 of the Common Weal Policy PodcastYou can download the episode directly here.This week Craig Dalzell is joined by Ellen Höfer the Creative Director of EU Citizens for an Independent Scotland.Ellen cuts through the stramash of UK politics to discuss the (lack of) progress of Brexit and what the latest developments have meant for the rights of EU citizens living in the UK - particularly how the Settled Status scheme has failed to secure those rights and has led to months of uncertainty and the possibility of discrimination against EU citizens.Ellen then discusses her proposals made to the Scottish Government on how they could help improve and secure these rights even though immigration is largely a reserved area. She suggests policies such as an EU citizens Residency Card, an anti-discrimination hotline and a Working Group to help come up with other solutions.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/Support the show (http://commonweal.scot/about/donate)
Episode 26 of the Common Weal Policy PodcastYou can download the episode directly here.This week Jonathon Shafi and Craig Dalzell look back at the past week and the work that Common Weal has been doing recently - including our recent policy successes.First, they discuss the ongoing political situation and Common Weal's condemnation of the imprisonment of the leaders of the Catalonian independence movement.Then they discuss the pro-independence party's in Scotland and their conference season over the weekend.The Scottish Green Party adopted Common Weal's policy on land use reform on Scotland's grouse moors and have integrated it into their upcoming proposals for a Scottish Green New Deal.The SNP Conference also adopted one of Common Weal's policy proposals in the form of the Scottish Energy Development Agency. Craig talks about what this will mean for Scottish renewable energy but also what it means for the SNP to have adopted five of Common Weal's infrastructure policies. He illustrates how they all interlink and what it might mean if Scotland tries to implement major infrastructure projects without one or more of these agencies.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/Support the show (http://commonweal.scot/about/donate)
Episode 25 of the Common Weal Policy PodcastYou can download the episode directly here.This week Jonathon Shafi and Lewis Akers discuss the global climate strikes, the anullment of the prorogation of the UK Parliament and the prospects for a General Election in the near future. From there, they discuss two of Common Weal's policy papers which deal with vulnerabilities in our election process.Data Protection and Democracy looks at the rise of data harvesting and micro-targeting of political adverts so that you can be shown propoganda messages that the opponents of those showing them to you cannot see and cannot counter.Our Democracy Is Not For Sale calls for much stronger regulation of online political campaigning, more regulation of campaign funding and much stronger fines for those who breach the rules.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/Support the show (http://commonweal.scot/about/donate)
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/Support the show (http://commonweal.scot/about/donate)
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/Support the show (http://commonweal.scot/about/donate)
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/Support the show (http://commonweal.scot/about/donate)
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/Support the show (http://commonweal.scot/about/donate)
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/Support the show (http://commonweal.scot/about/donate)
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/Support the show (http://commonweal.scot/about/donate)
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/Support the show (http://commonweal.scot/about/donate)
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/Support the show (http://commonweal.scot/about/donate)
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/Support the show (http://commonweal.scot/about/donate)
Episode #14 - Back To Life

Episode #14 - Back To Life

2019-07-0300:32:12

Episode 14 of the Common Weal Policy PodcastYou can download this episode directly here.Common Weal's Head of Policy and Research Dr Craig Dalzell is joined by Max Wiszniewski, Campaign Manager for the Revive Coalition.Craig and Max discuss recent news of the disappearance of two eagles over a Perthshire grouse moor as well as a pattern of similar disappearances there and over other moors in Scotland.Up to 18% of Scotland's land area is currently used for hunting grouse. These moors are often managed to the point of extirpating almost all forms of life considered detrimental to the intensive development of grouse populations - with population densities far in excess of those found in unmanaged habitats. The environmental impacts ranging from the burning of peatlands, the driving of roads through fragile hillsides and the introduction of toxic chemicals from open spreading of medication to tonnes of lead shot fired into the area is substantial.Common Weal worked with Revive to produce a policy paper Back to Life which explores potential different uses for the land currently used for hunting. It is found that despite claims by the industry that hunting contributes £32 million per year and sustains over 2,600 jobs but when calculated on a "per hectare" basis these numbers are reduced to a paltry £20-£30 per hectare per year and the requirement of 330 hectares of land to sustain just one job. Every other possible use of land examined by Common Weal - including housing, energy production and rewilding - produces more value and sustains more jobs per hectare.In producing this paper, Common Weal also produced an illustrative map of what a Scottish grouse moor could look like if it was transformed using these alternative uses.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/Support the show (http://commonweal.scot/about/donate)
Episode 13 of the Common Weal Policy PodcastYou can download this episode directly here.Common Weal's Head of Policy and Research Dr Craig Dalzell is joined by Ellen Höfer, Creative Director of EU Citizens for an Independent Scotland.Scotland is currently having a discussion about electoral franchise and the rights of people resident in Scotland. From Common Weal's policy paper on Scottish immigration post-Brexit, Ellen and Craig discuss the possibility of a devolved Scottish immigration system and how that could involve not just control over the criteria for living in Scotland but also the extension of rights to refugees and asylum seekers such as the right to work and the right to vote.The right to vote played a substantial role in the recent Referendums Bill as it re-extended the right to vote to EU citizens who would otherwise have lost the right to vote in a future independence referendum due to Brexit. This right has since been superseded by the new Electoral Franchise Bill which will extend the right to vote in all referendums as well as Scottish elections and local elections to almost ALL permanent residents of Scotland (although the implications for prisoner voting proves to be an interesting case of the impact of overlapping legislation).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/Support the show (http://commonweal.scot/about/donate)
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