The CommonSpace Editorial Team
WATCH: The CommonSpace Show - with Karin Goodwin
The CommonSpace Show returns – featuring CommonSpace journalists David Jamieson and Rhiannon Davies discussing the week’s big stories.
For this edition, we are joined by freelance journalist Karin Goodwin who regularly contributes to both the Sunday National and The Ferret. Earlier this year she was awarded the Nicola Barry award at the Scottish Press Awards for her campaigning journalism. She focuses mainly on social issues, and has covered homelessness and the Serco evictions in depth.
Hilary Long: The shipping container and office block kids
CommonSpace columnist Hilary Long looks at the shocking revelations of a new report by the Children’s Commissioner for England on temporary accommodation
SQUEEZED in after Boris Johnson’s fantasies about a renegotiated Brexit deal as he gallivants around Europe, a news item about a new report on homeless children caught my attention.
Janice McGhee & Lorraine Waterhouse: The Independent Care Review - form over substance
Janice McGhee and Lorraine Waterhouse, researchers on child welfare and child protection, argue that the Scottish Government’s Independent Care Review is a system talking to itself, which refuses to engage with the dangers of removing children from their families
A'body First: Customs & Excise in a new Scotland
Common Weal Aberdeen's first podcast explores how an independent Scotland could approach customs - the control of goods entering the country - differently from the UK
A'BODY FIRST is a new podcast produced by Common Weal Aberdeen.
In the first of a series of podcasts, Bill Austin, a Customs expert with over 25 years of experience, provides his analysis of Brexit and its likely impact on Customs, and looks at how an independent Scotland could approach things differently.
The podcast is split into three parts below.
Solomon Steinbett: Ecology and Economics - A Blueprint for Survival
Eco-socialist and republican Solomon Steinbett outlines his vision for an economic model based on national self-sufficiency to address the global ecological crisis
“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.” American Indian Proverb
Ashley Graczyk: My local community can't wait much longer for government to finally sort out Planning
Ashley Graczyk, independent councillor for the Sighthill-Gorgie ward in Edinburgh, says that the planning system has clearly not been delivering for local communities for a long time – but government continues to prevaricate on serious reform
Sue Laughlin: Glasgow has social justice tools available to it which are under-utilised
Sue Laughlin, a former NHS planner, introduces the findings of her PhD, which explored the application of the public sector equality duty in Glasgow, finding it to be underutilised by public authorities as a means of ensuring ‘the right to the city’ for all
POLICY MAKING and service development tends to what has been called the ‘ideal of impartiality’ whereby difference between population groups is largely ignored. As a result, policies tend to fail to serve peoples’ diverse needs.
Hilary Long: School's back - but what's the rush?
As many four and five year old’s in Scotland start their first day at school, CommonSpace columnist Hilary Long argues that we are rushing them into formal education too early based on antiquated legislation that is long overdue for reform
THIS week small children aged four and five will be entering the door of the “big school”. It’s a day of mixed emotions for children and their families as they transition from the play environment of the nursery into the more formal learning of the primary school.
WATCH: CS Forum - Social Security in the age of AI and Robots
25 July CommonSpace Forum explored universal solutions to the Fourth Industrial Revolution
COMMONSPACE held its monthly forum last week [25 July] on Social Security in the Age of AI and robots.
Watch journalist Eve Livingston, Citizens Basic Income Network Scotland’s Cleo Goodman and enginner & technology writer Craig Berry discuss the issues.
Val Waldron: With no easy answers, the indy movement needs healthy debate to find the way forward
Glasgow-based Common Weal campaigner Val Waldron looks at the twists and turns of Nicola Sturgeon’s leadership of the independence movement since the Leave vote in 2016, finding that while there is no easy answers, shutting down debate will not take us forward
IS OUR first minister a people pleaser, a shrewd political strategist or both?