The Common Weal Policy Podcast

The Common Weal Policy Podcast

The Common Weal Policy Podcast.A weekly podcast explaining our policies as well as discussing Scottish policy news and events.... Show More

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September 18, 2020 39 min

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This week, Jonathon Shafi and Common Weal Director, Robin McAlpine, discuss the selling off of Scotland's green and renewable assets as part of the Scottish Government's 'Green Investment Portfolio.'

Looking at the implications this will have on jobs, climate and independence, they discuss the alternatives and what we must urgently do to build a green recovery.

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September 9, 2020 32 min

Episode 60 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast

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This week, Jonathon and Craig discuss Common Weal's latest policy paper, Warning Lights: Ten Actions for Covid Elimination. This paper describes a localised "traffic light" system of monitoring the state of the virus in Scotland and allows lockdowns to be as tightly located as possible, allowing the greatest number of people to live...

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September 2, 2020 26 min

Episode 59 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast

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This week, Craig Dalzell is joined by special guest Kairin van Sweeden, Director of the new Scottish think tank Modern Money Scotland. They advocate for a Modern Monetary Theory approach to national finances as well as seeking to give a platform to other forms of heterodox economics theories. Kairin and Craig also discuss the prospect of a Job Gu...

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August 27, 2020 28 min

Episode 58 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast

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This week, Jonathon Shafi and Craig Dalzell discuss the annual GERS report. They talk about what it is, what it isn't and how it relates to the finances of independence. Also discussed is the impact of Covid on future GERS reports and the news that Scottish Government plans to produce a "post-independence" version of GERS has been she...

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August 19, 2020 25 min

Episode 57 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast

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This week, Jonathon Shafi is joined by Common Weal's Comms Officer Becki Menzies (who was previously on Episode #24 of the Policy Podcast) to discuss the impact of the pandemic on renters and the private rented sector - including current Scottish Government policies which greatly favour landlords over tenants.

One of Becki's roles at Commo...

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August 12, 2020 37 min

Episode 56 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast

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This week, Jonathon Shafi and Craig Dalzell answer questions submitted by our listeners and supporters. They discuss Common Weal's structure and funding model, our engagement with Government, how we engage with our activist network and what we think of policies such as the Green New Deal, our Resilient Scotland Plan, MMT and Job Guarantees

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August 5, 2020 34 min

Episode 55 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast

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This week, Jonathon Shafi is joined by special guest Rory Steel from the SNP Common Weal group and the Support SNIC campaign. They discuss the Infrastructure Commission for Scotland's recent rejection of proposals passed overwhelmingly at SNP conference in 2018 to create a Scottish National Infrastructure Company. They look at what the SNIC c...

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July 29, 2020 45 min

Episode 54 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast

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This week, Jonathon Shafi and Craig Dalzell discuss a column written by Andy MacIver on how the pro-Union campaign has to change if it wants to win its battle of preventing Scottish Independence. They discuss Andy's eight points and use them to reflect on the position of the pro-independence campaign to see if we can improve what our side can...

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July 22, 2020 38 min

Episode 53 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast

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This week, Jonathon Shafi and Craig Dalzell look at why Boris Johnson has chosen this week to deign to visit Scotland and what are the political and economic implications of the policies he is said to be announcing, including the building of a bridge between Scotland and Northern Ireland.

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July 15, 2020 35 min

Episode 52 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast

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This week, Jonathon Shafi and Craig Dalzell discuss some of the recent political developments facing the Scottish Independence Movement including the ongoing stalemate around a second independence referendum, the SNP leadership apparently backing away from pushing for independence until the "economic legacy" of the pandemic is cleared and...

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Episode 51 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast

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This week, Jonathon Shafi is joined by Lena Swedlow from Common Weal's Youth Group. Lena talks about her introduction to Common Weal, why she got engaged in politics and why more young people in Scotland are demanding that their voices are heard in political discussions.

If you're 27 or under and want to get involved with Common Weal Youth...

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July 1, 2020 39 min

Episode 50 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast

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This week, Jonathon Shafi and Craig Dalzell explore the growing tensions between Scotland and the UK Government. Scuffles over the impact of pandemic responses on the Anglo-Scottish border are rapidly becoming a constitutional issue, the UK's refusal to extent the Brexit Transition Period highlights promised from the SNP to not see Scotland t...

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June 10, 2020 30 min

Episode 49 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast

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This week, Craig Dalzell speaks to Bob Gillespie from Common Weal's Test, Trace, Isolate and Support Group - a group from the Common Weal Locals activist network who decided to get together to raise awareness of and lobby for our Ending Lockdown policy paper.

Bob discusses how the group got together and what they've been doing in terms of ...

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June 3, 2020 34 min

Episode 48 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast

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This week, Johnation Shafi and Craig Dalzell discuss Common Weal's latest policy paper Resilience Economics which lays down an economic framework for rebuilding our economy after the pandemic. They look at why our pre-pandemic economy failed, who will take us "Back to Normal" if we don't force change and what that change could loo...

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May 28, 2020 33 min

Episode 47 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast

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This week, Johnation Shafi and Craig Dalzell discuss Scotland's ongoing efforts to ramp up contact tracing and testing during the pandemic and the importance of getting the strategy right coming out of lockdown. They also discuss some of the different strategies and differences in leadership between the Scottish and the UK Governments and the...

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May 20, 2020 33 min

Episode 46 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast

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This week Craig Dalzell is joined by special guest Simon Brooke. Simon built his own low-impact house and came on to discuss his experience of self-building such houses as well as what Scotland could do to bring power to communities to help them plan, build and run themselves.

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May 7, 2020 33 min

Episode 45 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast

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This week, Jonathon Shafi and Craig Dalzell discuss Common Weal's latest policy paper, Good Houses for All, which lays out a plan to build an unlimited number of extremely high quality social houses at a fraction of the rent of houses built just now by the conventional market. They also discuss the role of the Scottish National Investment Ban...

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April 29, 2020 34 min

Episode 44 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast

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This week, Jonathon Shafi and Craig Dalzell look at the impact of the pandemic on oil. From the shock that led to oil going to negative prices recently through the various reasons that oil consumption has gone down. They then look at the future of Scottish energy under the Green New Deal and ask if there may be better solutions than simply proppi...

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April 22, 2020 33 min

Episode 43 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast

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This week, Jonathon Shafi and Craig Dalzell look at the impact of the pandemic on food. They discuss failures in the food supply chain in the UK and in the USA that has seen food shortages and queues at food banks stand side-by-side with production surpluses and the dumping of food that can't be sold.

They also discuss the impact on more fragi...

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April 16, 2020 31 min

Episode 42 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast

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This week, Jonathon Shafi and Craig Dalzell discuss the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on global trade and globalisation. The virus has exposed the fragility of global trade and supply lines with various countries scrabbling for limited supplies of vital medical equipment with some like the USA outright diverting goods bound for other countri...

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