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.

Episodes

July 20, 2021 35 min

Episode 93 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast

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This week, Craig talks to Chris Hellawell and Alice McGillicuddy from Edinburgh Tool Library. They discuss what a tool library is, why they are the future of how we use tools and other goods and their reaction to the news that the Scottish Climate Assembly has called for the Scottish Government to create and support a network of such libraries a...

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Episode 92 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast

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This week, Craig talks to Gillian Mair and Alison Watters the Co-Convenors of Now Scotland, a members-led, grassroots organisation campaigning for Scottish independence as soon as possible. They discuss what Now Scotland is trying to add to the independence movement in terms of facilitating cross-group discussions and campaigning as well as sever...

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July 7, 2021 30 min

Episode 91 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast

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This week, Craig Dalzell talks to Colin Turbett, retired social care worker and member of the Common Weal Social Care Reform Group, about his new policy paper for Common Weal. Care in Your Community anchors a Scottish National Care Service in and around local communities via a Community Hubs model where your local hub becomes your first point of ...

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June 30, 2021 28 min

Episode 90 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast

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This week, Craig Dalzell talks to Kevin Anderson - a member of the Evidence Group of the Scottish Climate Assembly who recently published their final report listing 82 policy recommendations for the Scottish Government. They discuss the process by which the Assembly heard evidence from multiple experts (including Craig) on multiple aspects of cli...

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June 23, 2021 35 min

Episode 89 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast

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This week, Craig Dalzell speaks to Mark Hooper from Banc Cambria - a mutually-owned Community Bank in the process of starting up in Wales. Banc Cambria is based on a model of community banking developed by the Community Savings Bank Association which was also adopted by Common Weal in our paper on Community Banking by Gemma Bone Dodds which you c...

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June 17, 2021 33 min

Episode 88 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast

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This week, Craig Dalzell is joined by two special guests. Alice Kinghorn-Gray from ERS Scotland and Will Stringer from the Sortition Foundation both here to discuss the ongoing campaign to create a Scottish House of Citizens - an upper chamber overseeing the Scottish Parliament that would be formed by residents of Scotland drawn randomly like a j...

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June 9, 2021 34 min

Episode 87 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast

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This week, Craig Dalzell is joined by Prof Richard Murphy of Tax Research UK to discuss the G7's proposal for a global minimum corporation tax. Richard explains how the tax works and how it could be calculated then looks at the weaknesses and loopholes in the tax as well as news that the UK, having just agreed to the principle, is trying to c...

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June 3, 2021 33 min

Episode 86 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast

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This week, Craig Dalzell is joined by Keith Baker, member of Common Weal's Energy Working Group, to discuss the ongoing campaign to revolutionise Scotland's energy sector. They discuss the campaign for a Scottish Energy Development Agency, the revitalised interest in a National Energy Company, how these agencies would link together in a G...

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May 27, 2021 32 min

Episode 85 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast

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This week, Jonathon Shafi and Craig Dalzell discuss the first 100 days of the Scottish Parliament and the priorities that the Government has laid out to shape the upcoming Parliamentary session. They also talk about the formal negotiations between the SNP and the Greens to explore the possibility of a formal cooperation agreement between the two ...

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May 20, 2021 31 min

Episode 84 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast

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Update - 21/05/21 - Angus Robertson has had Migration and related topics added to his brief as Cabinet Secretary for External Affairs.

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This week, Craig Dalzell is joined by Campaigner, Activist and Creative Director for EU Citizens for an Independent Scotland, Ellen Dalzell. Ellen and Craig talk about their experiences of the Kenmure Street prot...

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May 12, 2021 26 min

Episode 83 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast

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This week, Craig Dalzell is joined by Common Weal's Communications Officer Becki Menzies to discuss the Holyrood election results, the successes for the Parliament in terms of turnout and increased diversity and some of the major policies that the Parliament should and could implement as a priority since there is apparently a cross-party cons...

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April 21, 2021 39 min

Episode 82 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast

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This week, Jonathon Shafi and Craig Dalzell look at some of the party manifestos ahead of the Scottish Elections. In particular they note that many policies that Common Weal have been campaigning for years have been adopted by multiple political parties and now look more like "when, not if" Scotland will implement them. Examples include U...

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April 14, 2021 27 min

Episode 81 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast

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This week, Craig Dalzell talks to John Young from the Dovesdale Action Group which is campaigning locally against the construction of a waste incinerator in South Lanarkshire and is campaigning nationally for a moratorium on all new incinerators in Scotland.

You can join the Dovesdale Action Group's Facebook page here.

Common Weal's work is...

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March 31, 2021 41 min

Episode 80 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast

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This week, Craig Dalzell talks to Donald McPhillimy and Callum Blackburn about their recent policy paper for Common Weal, A Mosaic of Life. The paper was part of our recent Land Reform Week and provides a vision of what a "Half-Wild Scotland" would look like if our proposals for Land Reform were fully implemented.

If you're interested ...

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March 24, 2021 33 min

Episode 78 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast

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This week, Craig Dalzell is joined by two special guests from Scotland's Climate Assembly. Iain Stewart was the Lead Communicator on the Assembly and Ellie Clarke was one of the 100 people chosen to represent Scotland on the Assembly as they discussed the issues raised by the climate emergency and what Scotland could do about them. They each ...

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March 18, 2021 33 min

Episode 78 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast

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This week, Jonathon Shafi and Craig Dalzell discuss Common Weal's Land Reform Week. In particular, they look at our latest policy papers Work The Land - which illustrates the economic impact of creating tens of thousands of new jobs in Scotland's rural communities - and Our Land - which shows how the Scottish Government could enact radica...

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March 10, 2021 29 min

Episode 77 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast

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This week, Craig Dalzell talks to special guest Colin Turbett. Colin is a retired social worker who now writes on reform of the sector. He is a member of Common Weal's Care Reform Working Group and is currently working with the group on a blueprint for a National Care Service.

Colin's upcoming paper for the group looks at reform of the soc...

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March 3, 2021 28 min

Episode 76 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast

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This week, Jonathon Shafi and Craig Dalzell introduce Common Weal's latest Policy Paper - A Property Tax for Scotland. Our proposal to replace the outdated and unfair Council Tax with a tax based on the actual value of land and buildings.

This tax would scrap the banding system and the bizarre method of calculating which house goes into which ...

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January 13, 2021 32 min

Episode 75 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast

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This week, Jonathon Shafi and Craig Dalzell welcome the publication of the final report of the Citizens' Assembly, in particular their adoption of a series of policies that align well with similar policies previously published by Common Weal.

They then discuss the ongoing political crisis in the US with last week's attack on the US Senate ...

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January 6, 2021 32 min

Episode 74 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast

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Welcome to 2021 and the start of a new series of the Common Weal Policy Podcast.

This week, Jonathon Shafi and Craig Dalzell discuss the new national lockdown prompted by the accelerating spread of Covid-19 and what we must now do to prevent an endless cycle of lockdowns in the months to come. They also discuss the UK's strategy of delaying th...

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