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

September 28, 2022 50 min

Episode 143 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast

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This week Craig talks to Isobel Lindsay, one of the Vice Chairs of Scottish CND - the campaign for nuclear disarmament - about the 70th anniversary of Britain's first nuclear test, how the UK's nuclear strategy has affected Scotland over the past seven decades, why British PMs feel the need to threaten to nuke civilians just to win elec...

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Episode 142 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast

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This week, Craig talks to Constitution expert Elliot Bulmer about Heads of State, what they do and how we could select one. The UK is currently undergoing a transition of Head of State for the first time in the lifetime of most of the current population but in other countries, this transition happens frequently. In this challenging and perhaps ...

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September 14, 2022 42 min

Episode 141 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast

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This week, Craig talks to Prof. Mike Danson from the Basic Income Network Scotland about Universal Basic Income or UBI, how it compares to the means-testing that the UK demands of its benefit system and how a more universalist approach would have made the response to Covid and the coming energy crisis easier and more effective. They also discuss...

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September 7, 2022 40 min

Episode 140 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast

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This week, Craig talks to David Gow from the European Movement of Scotland about the political and diplomatic implications of Scottish independence and the prospect of re-joining the European Union. This includes discussion about the process of rejoining the EU itself, some of the myths about that process, some of the genuine barriers that may b...

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August 31, 2022 68 min

Episode 139 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast

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This week Craig talks to Common Weal's Robin McAlpine about the energy transition that Scotland needs to go through if we are to meet our obligation to avert the climate emergency. Scotland is in many ways in an envious position with rich resources and potential for decarbonising our energy needs. Robin discusses how we do that to each of Sc...

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August 24, 2022 40 min

Episode 138 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast

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This week, Craig talks to Katy Clark, MSP for the West of Scotland and Carole Ewart from the Campaign for Freedom of Information. They discuss their new campaign to launch a Members' Bill in the Scottish Parliament designed to strengthen and improve Freedom of Information legislation by, amongst other things, including within FOI any private...

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August 10, 2022 51 min

Episode 137 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast

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This week, Craig talks to Prof. Richard Murphy, accountant and tax expert, about the multiple economic crises crashing into the UK at the moment. They discuss the impact of the release from Covid lockdowns, the inflation spike this caused and which was then exacerbated first by the war in Ukraine and then by corporate profiteering and then they...

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Episode 136 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast - Extended Edition 

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This is an extended edition of Episode #136 and includes around 12 minutes of extra content.

This week, Craig talks to James Foley and Ben Wray who, along with the late Neil Davidson, have written a book looking at the "two souls" of the independence movement. On one hand, the pluralistic and largely left-wing grassroo...

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August 3, 2022 49 min

Episode 136 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast

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This week, Craig talks to James Foley and Ben Wray who, along with the late Neil Davidson, have written a book looking at the "two souls" of the independence movement. On one hand, the pluralistic and largely left-wing grassroots "Indy Movement" and on the other, the more top-down, centralised and centrist or even centre-right ca...

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July 28, 2022 34 min

Episode 135 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast

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This week, Craig talks to Cat Train and Gail Squires from Incredible Edible Neilston, a community growing group who grow food on unused land in their community and give away the produce for free to anyone who needs it. They talk about how they got started guerrilla gardening a piece of council land, how the council and local community supported...

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July 20, 2022 47 min

Episode 134 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast

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This week, Craig talks to Simon Brooke a land activist, smallhold farmer and previous guest of the podcast when he talked about his experience self-building his home. They discuss the Scottish Government's new Land Reform Bill and the public consultation that is being held to inform it.  We encourage everyone to submit their thoughts to thi...

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July 13, 2022 33 min

Episode 133 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast

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This week, Craig talks to fellow Common Weal staffers Leo Plumb and Kaitlin Dryburgh. After an introduction to Kaitlin - our new Policy Comms Coordinator - they talk about Common Weal's involvement in the upcoming Doune The Rabbit Hole festival and the Douniversity - a tent of interesting political and social talks, demonstrations and activ...

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July 6, 2022 52 min

Episode 132 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast

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This week, Craig talks to Ellie Harrison from Get Glasgow Moving about new legislation that allows Scottish Local Authorities to  bring their bus networks back into public ownership, what else needs to happen to allow them to practically do so and what this would mean for existing passengers and for people who would be able to switch from cars ...

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June 29, 2022 48 min

Episode 131 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast

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This week, Craig talks to Dr W. Elliot Bulmer about the UK's recent Constitutional turmoil. They discuss why the UK does not have a codified or written constitution, what that has allowed to the UK Government to do with regards to things like our human rights and how an independent Scotland could go about writing first a transitional and th...

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June 22, 2022 40 min

Episode 130 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast

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This week, Craig talks to Barbara Sharp and Fi Thorburn from West Kilbride's Community Roots. Formed at the onset of the pandemic, they created a community garden and growing network called SHED (Social Horticulture for Experts and Dummies) and now help people learn how to grow as well as providing food for their community Food Larder.

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June 15, 2022 29 min

Episode 129 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast

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This week, Craig talks to Ellen Dalzell about Freedom of Information in Scotland and how the Scottish Government may still be using loopholes in the legislation to limit access to information requested via FOI. Her journey starts with an investigation into whether the Scottish Government had conducted any polling in parallel to the UK Governmen...

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June 1, 2022 30 min

Episode 128 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast

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This week, Craig talks to Jeff Kirschner CEO and founder of Litterati - a company in the USA that enables communities to identify dumped waste in their area, track it back to the company who made it and to build up a database and map of the worst offending products and companies. They rely on communities of citizen scientists who download their ...

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May 25, 2022 54 min

Episode 127 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast

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This week, Craig talks to Ruth Watson from Keep Scotland The Brand a campaign organisation that calls for clear labelling of Scottish produce and resists replacing "Made in Scotland" labels with less clear, less valuable "Made in Britain" labels or shops removing marks of provenance altogether. They discuss why it is so important...

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May 18, 2022 36 min

Episode 126 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast

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This week, Craig talks to Susan Guy from Dunbar's Miixer Zero Waste Hub. The hub intercepts and redirects materials that would otherwise be thrown out as "waste" and makes it available for reuse - boasting that they can reclaim over 1,000 tonnes of material every year and that they manage to achieve a 95% reuse rate for that recovere...

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May 11, 2022 46 min

Episode 125 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast

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This week, Craig talks to Nancy Barr and Terry Paterson both from Larkhall Community Growers and the Larkhall Lighthouse Community Centre. They discuss the various projects they run around the town - including the community gardens - and the impact they've had on the collective wellbeing of the people of Larkhall.

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