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5 Graphs that sum up the Cameron-Osborne years
Common Weal Policy bring together five key graphs which reveal the depths of failure of the Cameron-Osborne years, as they come to an ignominious end
IT’S the end of an era, a very bad one, which has ended in disgrace. The resignation of David Cameron as Prime Minister and, hours later, the disposing of Chancellor George Osborne from government brings to a close the Cameron-Osborne years: 74 miserable months that will surely be remembered by historians as one of the biggest failures in the long history of Westminster government.
After Brexit: Ideas for a Scottish Constitution
Dr Mark McNaught, Assistant Professor of Law, Philosophy, and US Civilization at the University of Rennes, argues that the prospect of new nation-states emerging out of post-Brexit UK means that we should re-start the debate about constitutions. He outlines a number of “basic principles” for going forward. Let us know what you agree and disagree with in the comments section below.
Shoddy Schools and Fancy Finance: An architect's take on PFI/PPP in new pamphlet and event
The Saltire Society has published a scathing critique of PFI from architect and Common Weal board member Malcolm Fraser
A NEW pamphlet highly critical of the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) era in Scotland from an architect’s perspective has been published by The Saltire Society, with a public event looking at the past and future of buildings in Scotland to take place on Thursday 7 July.
Reformulating the economic case for independence
Laurie McFarlane gives his take on the big economic issues facing the case for Scottish independence, issues which are suddenly urgent in the post-Brexit context
THE United Kingdom has voted to leave the European Union. David Cameron has resigned. Sinn Fein have raised the prospect of Irish Reunification. Sterling has fallen off a cliff. Scottish independence is back on the agenda.
The Glasgow Effect: Activism as a public health issue
Common Weal Policy look at a new report on The Glasgow Effect – the excess mortality that comes from living in Glasgow as compared to cities with a similar socio-economic profile – and find the role of politics and activism at the grassroots level to be influential in public health outcomes
New Report - APD Cut: A Flighty Economic Case
Report by Dr Craig Dalzell finds that the aviation industry’s analysis has not accounted for the impact of a fall in domestic tourism from the APD cut
A NEW Common Weal report argues that the case made by the Airport lobby for a 50% cut in Air Passenger Duty omits key facts, and in reality the tax cut could damage the Scottish economy while reducing funding for public services.