The Common Weal Policy Podcast - Episode #29
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This week Jonathon Shafi and Craig Dalzell are joined by special guest Jenny Floki who came along to the launch party for Common Weal's new project Our Common Home - A Green New Deal for Scotland.
Analysis: Referendums Bill passes its first stage - what does this mean for independence?
CommonSpace considers the prospects for a 2020 referendum in light of the passage of the Referendums Bill at stage one
THURSDAY (7 November) saw the Scottish Parliament pass the first stage of the Referendums Bill, which was first announced by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at the SNP’s spring conference.
With the announcement closely following Sturgeon’s April pledge to push for an independence referendum before the 2021 Holyrood election, this was seen by some SNP supporters as a meaningful step towards a goal which appeared to have been put on hold.
Black History Month: Talking Black Excellence with Robert Makutsa
“I can’t solve injustice by sitting at a table with a person… I have to go out in the street, I have to phone the authorities, I have to write to the news”
ROBERT Makutsa talks to CommonSpace about the people that have influenced him, from those that have achieved freedom and liberation for their country, to those that have shown that equality must still be fought for today.
Today, the Spanish Supreme Court sentenced nine leaders of the Catalonian independence movement to multiple years in prison on charges of sedition and misuse of public funds. Common Weal has been following the case closely and is appalled by the flagrant contempt of democracy and democratic thought shown by the Spanish Government.
Robin McAlpine: Welcome to 'Frame Wars' – where powerful people decide what words mean
Common Weal Director Robin McAlpine argues that elites have manipulated language in such a way as to obliterate critique of their own political power and control
IT MUST be wonderful to control language, to decide what words are going to mean now. It's the free power to delegitimise, to isolate and marginalise, to close down.
Stuart Crawford and Richard Marsh: Defending an Independent Scotland post-Brexit
Stuart Crawford and Richard Marsh, authors of a 2012 RUSI paper on defence in an independent Scotland, find that changed circumstances since 2014 means a different set of priorities for defence spending after independence is needed, with some important implications for the size of an independent Scotland’s defence budget
Robin McAlpine: This is a moment for honesty - we haven't made enough progress in the past 5 years
Common Weal Director Robin McAlpine argues that the independence cause has not moved forward sufficiently in the half-decade since indyref. Robin will be discussing this more at our CommonSpace Forum to mark five years since indyref on Thursday 26 September.