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

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

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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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@Common_Weal

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English


Episodes

Episode #55 - Support SNIC

8/5/2020
Episode 55 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast You can download the episode directly here. 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 could do for Scotland and calls for this decision to be...

Duration:00:34:45

Episode #54 - Saving The Union

7/29/2020
Episode 54 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast You can download the episode directly here. 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 bring to the debate. Andy MacIver's column can be read...

Duration:00:45:16

Episode #53 - Bridges to Nowhere

7/22/2020
Episode 53 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast You can download the episode directly here. 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. They also discuss issues around the Scottish Government "parking" the independence campaign for the foreseeable...

Duration:00:38:53

Episode #52 - Making A List

7/15/2020
Episode 52 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast You can download the episode directly here. 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 the resulting formation of new pro-independence political...

Duration:00:35:23

Episode #51 - Time To Make Some Noise

7/9/2020
Episode 51 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast You can download the episode directly here. 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, Lena can be contacted at Lena@common.scot. Apologies for the...

Duration:00:28:06

Episode #50 - Disunited Kingdoms

7/1/2020
Episode 50 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast You can download the episode directly here. 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 taken out of the EU against its will and political discussions...

Duration:00:39:13

Episode #49 - Testing Scotland

6/10/2020
Episode 49 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast You can download the episode directly here. 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 lobbying politicians, health boards and trade unions and what...

Duration:00:30:57

Episode #48 - Building Resilience

6/3/2020
Episode 48 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast You can download the episode directly here. 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 look like if we get it right. Craig and Johnathon also discuss the...

Duration:00:34:50

Episode #47 - Contact Tracing

5/28/2020
Episode 47 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast You can download the episode directly here. 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 implications for the independence campaign. Finally, they...

Duration:00:33:18

Episode #46 - If You Build It

5/20/2020
Episode 46 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast You can download the episode directly here. 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. You can read Common Weal's policy paper on building public rental housing here. You can read our paper on empowering...

Duration:00:33:34

Episode #45 - Housing Scotland

5/7/2020
Episode 45 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast You can download the episode directly here. 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 Bank and why it needs to be upgraded to support this project as...

Duration:00:33:11

Episode #44 - Oil Be Back?

4/29/2020
Episode 44 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast You can download the episode directly here. 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 propping up the oil industry and going "back to normal" You...

Duration:00:34:50

Episode #43 - Feeding the Nations

4/22/2020
Episode 43 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast You can download the episode directly here. 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 fragile supply chains globally and the rising threat of a food...

Duration:00:33:36

Episode #42 - Procurement Panic

4/16/2020
Episode 42 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast You can download the episode directly here. 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 countries to themselves. Jonathon and Craig discuss how Scotland...

Duration:00:31:43

Episode #41 - Testing, Testing

4/8/2020
Episode 40 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast You can download the episode directly here. Back with the first Common Weal Policy Podcast since the UK Coronavirus Lockdown, Johnathon Shafi and Craig Dalzell discuss the impact that the pandemic is having on Scotland and the UK. Craig describes his own experience with a relatively mild case of Covid-19 and looks critically at the UK and Scottish Government response to the virus especially in light of recent findings around testing strategy and...

Duration:00:36:00

Episode #40 - Breaking Budgets

3/11/2020
Episode 40 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast You can download the episode directly here. This week, Jonathon Shafi and Craig Dalzell react to the UK Budget exploring the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak but also the implications of the budget for Tory Austerity and the prospects for Scotland by comparing this budget both to the prevalling ideology in the Scottish Government - that of the Sustainable Growth Commission - and to the needs of a Scottish Green New Deal. Also mention was Common...

Duration:00:30:34

Episode #39 - The Future Is Rural

3/4/2020
Episode 39 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast You can download the episode directly here. This week, Head of Policy & Research Dr Craig Dalzell is joined by long term advocate of Common Weal, Amanda Burgauer to discuss how the Green New Deal will affect rural Scotland. They discuss issues around retrofitting and replacing housing stock - a particular challenge for older housing that doesn't conform to modern building practices - as well as the challenge of providing decarbonised heating to...

Duration:00:31:22

Episode #38 - Closing The Loops

2/26/2020
Episode 38 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast You can download the episode directly here. This week Jonathon Shafi and Craig Dalzell continue their pull-out of the chapters from the Common Home Plan, Common Weal's Green New Deal blueprint, by looking at Resources and the Circular Economy. Our current economy is far too linear with resources being extracted, turned into goods which are too often only used once - or less!, then are discarded as waste. In a Circular Economy, the amount of...

Duration:00:31:27

Episode #37 - Scotland's Borders

2/19/2020
Episode 37 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast You can download the episode directly here. This week Dr Craig Dalzell is joined by Bill Austin, a former UK customs officer and now consultant on customs and borders infrastructure - recently returned from a trip advising governments in East Africa on their infrastructure and policies. Bill tells us how badly the UK's borders and customs agencies are run - being not fit for purpose either before Brexit or in this new post-Brexit environment -...

Duration:00:34:09

Episode #36 - Heating Our Common Home

2/12/2020
Episode 36 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast You can download the episode directly here. In this episode, Jonathon Shafi and Craig Dalzell discuss another chapter in Common Weal's Common Home Plan, this time dealing with how we heat our homes. You can read the Common Home Plan here. The pair first discuss the progress towards COP26 with the news in the FT today that the UK Government is in talks to move the conference to London citing cost over-runs and organisational mismanagement (but...

Duration:00:32:24