Head of Policy & Research at Common Weal
Podcast: James McEnaney on why Scotland needs a new exploration
In this CommonSpace podcast, CS editor Ben Wray interviews James McEnaney, education journalist and college lecturer about his soon-to-be published book A Scottish Journey: Personal Impressions of Scotland.
THE NEW BOOK is a record of James' trip on his motorbike around Scotland earlier this year, shining a light on communities often ignored.
No new Scottish Government subsidies for businesses which don’t meet ‘fair work criteria’
Fair Work Criteria will be part of assessment for business subsidies from April 2019
THE Scottish Government has confirmed that there will no longer be business subsidies for companies which do not meet a new “fair work criteria” included in the Programme for Government two weeks ago.
The move is set to end Scottish Enterprise Regional Selective Assistance grants going to the likes of global distribution giant Amazon, which has received £3.5 million in RSA grants since 2007 despite widespread criticism of its employment practices.
Rebuttal: Is the Scotch Whisky industry really ‘ours’?
CommonSpace looks at the front cover of today’s The National and asks whether Scotch whisky really does belong to, and benefit Scotland – or whether it benefits multinational companies
THE front cover of The National today [17 September] declares ‘Hands off our Whisky!’, and warns that ending the spirit duty freeze in the upcoming UK government budget would “risk and undermine” Scotland’s whisky industry.
‘Spin’: Whisky tax campaigners criticise ‘leading poll’ by lobbyist claiming to show Scots think the industry is overtaxed
Scotch whisky is one of the most profitable industries in the UK
A NEW poll by the Scotch Whisky lobby claiming that the industry is overtaxed is “spin”, campaigners for a local production tax on Scotch whisky tax have argued.
Tony Perridge: Austerity economics is lunacy - independence with a sovereign currency can offer an escape route
Analysis: John McDonnell's Ownership Fund, The Meidner Plan and the gradual transition to socialism
CommonSpace looks at the Swedish origins of John McDonnell’s new proposal for an ownership fund for workers, and what we can learn from that experience
LABOUR shadow Chancellor John McDonnell revealed a radical business ownership policy to the Observer on Saturday [8 September].
Breaking the Bankruptocracy: CommonSpace special week of coverage 10 years after the Crash
CommonSpace wants to hear your ideas on alternatives to bankruptocracy during our special week of coverage – email firstname.lastname@example.org
15 SEPTEMBER will be exactly 10 years since the Lehmann Brothers US investment bank collapsed, the key moment in the great financial crisis of 2008.
We all know what happened next – the losses were socialised while the bankers kept their profits and bonuses. While home owners faced repossession, the bankers quickly got back to the same old tricks.
'Absolutely flabbergasted': EU citizens call on Labour MSP to apologise after calling their political rights a 'side issue'
Ash Burnett: “Rhoda Grant will have EU citizens within her constituency - she owes an apology to them. She needs to recognise the error of judgement she has made.”
EU CITIZENS have expressed their anger at comments from Labour MSP Rhoda Grant, who suggested that protecting their political rights in Scotland post-Brexit was a “side issue” and a “tactic” used by the SNP to distract from economic issues.
‘Cut your losses’, Greens tell John Swinney, as standardised testing is debated in parliament
EIS say evidence is contrary to Education Minister’s claim that Standardised Testing is “integral to everyday learning”
SCOTTISH GREENS education spokesperson Ross Greer MSP has told Education Minister John Swinney that he should “cut his losses” over the Scottish Government’s controversial standardised testing policy for schools, and at least scrap it for P1’s.
Analysis: 4 key policy challenges Nicola Sturgeon faces after the Programme for Government
CommonSpace poses the big questions the First Minister faces on her domestic agenda following her Programme for Government
FIRST MINISTER Nicola Sturgeon’s Programme for Government announced yesterday [4 September] saw a new focus on mental health and plans to raise infrastructure investment up to the EU average.