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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 #76 - Replacing Council Tax

3/3/2021
Episode 76 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast You can download the episode directly here. 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 Our proposal to replace the outdated and unfair Council Tax with a tax based on the actual value of land and buildings.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 band and replace it with a tax that is simply calculated...

Duration:00:28:16

Episode #75 - The Miser State

1/13/2021
Episode 75 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast You can download the episode directly here. 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 and the imminent prospect for the second impeachment of Donald...

Duration:00:32:05

Episode #74 - Beginning The End

1/6/2021
Episode 74 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast You can download the episode directly here. 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 the deploying of the 2nd dose of vaccines in favour of trying...

Duration:00:32:56

Episode #73 - 2020 And Beyond

12/16/2020
Episode 73 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast You can download the episode directly here. This week, in the final Policy Podcast of 2020, Jonathon Shafi and Craig Dalzell look back at this historic year, reflect on the impact that the pandemic has had on Scotland and on everything that Common Weal has done throughout 2020. They then look forward at our plans - as much as they can be made - for 2021 and beyond.The Resilent Scotland Plan can be read here. And Common Weal's Green New Deal...

Duration:00:27:40

Episode #72 - A Hydrogen Future

12/10/2020
Episode 72 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast You can download the episode directly here. This week Jonathon Shafi and Craig Dalzell discuss the birth of Scotland's hydrogen economy, what it could become, where it could go wrong and how it could fit into the wider Green New Deal. The project to produce green hydrogen for public transport was reported here. The pilot scheme to test hydrogen for home heating is described here. And Common Weal's Green New Deal blueprint - the Common Home...

Duration:00:29:33

Episode #71 - A Currency For Scotland

12/3/2020
Episode 71 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast You can download the episode directly here. This week Jonathon Shafi talks to Tim Rideout of the Scottish Currency Group about the folly of Sterlingisation, the need for an independent currency and the urgency of getting a plan in place as we look towards a referendum. The Scottish Currency Group's conference can be watched here. Laurie Macfarlane's article in Open Democracy is here. Common Weal's paper on how to make a Scottish currency can...

Duration:00:41:48

Episode #70 - Investing In Scotland

11/25/2020
Episode 70 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast You can download the episode directly here. This week, Jonathon Shafi and Craig Dalzell talk about the launch of the Scottish National Investment Bank. They discuss the history of Common Weal's involvement with the SNIB, from our early campaigning through to consulting on the development of the bank. Then, they discuss what the bank could be used for in Scotland and how it will help strengthen Scotland's economy in the face of the climate...

Duration:00:26:57

Episode #69 - Back To EU

11/18/2020
Episode 69 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast You can download the episode directly here. This week, Craig Dalzell talks to Anthony Salamone, the Managing Director of European Merchants, about his Blueprint for an independent Scotland's accession as an EU member. They discuss some of the myths surrounding the Scottish EU membership debate including the supposed "queue" that Scotland is said to be at the back of as well as the prospect of another country vetoing out membership. They then...

Duration:00:35:08

Episode #68 - Citizens! Assemble!

11/11/2020
Episode 68 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast You can download the episode directly here. This week, Craig Dalzell and Jonathon Shafi discuss the Citizens' Assembly of Scotland and reports of their idea of creating a Citizens' Chamber to oversee and scrutinise the Scottish Parliament. This idea closely matches one produced by Common Weal in 2017 and meshes well with our ideas around local government as well. Craig explains why if Scotland adopts this proposal, it will be enacting the most...

Duration:00:32:46

Episode #67 - Trumped

11/5/2020
Episode 67 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast You can download the episode directly here. This week, Craig Dalzell and Jonathon Shafi discuss the US Presidential Elections. As of the recording of this podcast, the final result of the election was not yet known but a Biden victory was looking likely. Craig and Jonathon look at the possible implications of a Biden victory and the effect that might have on the wider world. Robin McAlpine's article on the collapse of political centrism can be...

Duration:00:35:55

Episode #66 - Nae Mair Nukes

10/28/2020
Episode 66 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast You can download the episode directly here. This week, Craig Dalzell is joined by Isobel Lindsay, vice chair of Scottish CND, to discuss the UN's Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and the implications that it will have for Scottish independence and the prospect of removing the UK's nuclear weapons from Faslane. You can read John Ainslie's roadmap for removing the weapons here and his analysis of the prospects for an alternative base...

Duration:00:42:57

Episode #65 - Is That Your Final Offer?

10/21/2020
Episode 65 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast You can download the episode directly here. This week, Jonathon Shafi and Craig Dalzell discuss news of a leaked memo detailing plans to try to delay a second independence referendum by tactics such as offering Scotland additional powers, attacking the reputation of the First Minister and by trying to court European countries to speak against Scottish re-entry into the EU. They also discuss the implications of this potential campaign -...

Duration:00:33:22

Episode #64 - Where Are We Now?

10/14/2020
Episode 64 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast You can download the episode directly here. This week, Common Weal Campaigns Officer Jonathon Shafi speaks to Common Weal Director, Robin McAlpine. They talk about the big issues facing us in the pandemic, the impact on the economy and the latest poll which puts support for independence at a record high. Apologies for the drop in sound quality in this episode. This is due to the technical limitations imposed by the pandemic. Common Weal's...

Duration:00:38:16

Episode #63 - Land For All

10/8/2020
Episode 63 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast You can download the episode directly here. This week, Craig is joined by Campaigner and Activist, Ellen Höfer to talk about their respective articles responding to the Scottish Land Commission's recent Strategic Plan. Ellen discusses the extreme inequality that Scotland experiences with respect to land ownership and how that inequality is magnified when it comes to gender and land ownership. You can read Craig's analysis of the Strategic Plan...

Duration:00:27:12

Episode #62 - The Internal Market Bill

9/30/2020
Episode 62 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast You can download the episode directly here. This week, Jonathon and Craig take a look at the UK's Internal Market Bill which gives the UK Government substantial control over large areas of market regulations covering food, goods and other services. They also discuss the rise of the Welsh independence and the latest White Paper on a roadmap to a referendum. Finally, the take a brief look at US politics and the recent debate between Donald Trump...

Duration:00:34:15

Episode #61 - It's Scotland's Energy

9/18/2020
You can download the episode directly here. 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. You can read Robin's recent column in this issue here. Apologies for the drop in...

Duration:00:38:49

Episode #60 - Warning Lights

9/9/2020
Episode 60 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast You can download the episode directly here. 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 as normally as possible until a vaccine is developed. The paper also...

Duration:00:32:14

Episode #59 - Modern Money Scotland

9/2/2020
Episode 59 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast You can download the episode directly here. 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 Guarantee Scheme - a policy that is rapidly becoming...

Duration:00:26:11

Episode #58 - Pooling But Not Sharing

8/27/2020
Episode 58 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast You can download the episode directly here. 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 shelved due to the Covid crisis. Craig's article on the GERS report for...

Duration:00:28:38

Episode #57 - Fair Homes For All

8/19/2020
Episode 57 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast You can download the episode directly here. 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 Common Weal is to contact and work with volunteers who want to help...

Duration:00:25:08