The CommonSpace Editorial Team
Long Read: Richard Murphy on a Green New Deal for Scotland
Richard Murphy, member of the Green New Deal Group and Professor of Practice in International Political Economy, City, University of London, spoke at a sold-out CommonSpace Forum on 29 August on a Green New Deal for Scotland (pictured above). In preparation for the talk, Murphy wrote this long read essay on his vision for a Green New Deal. We publish it in full below.
The Critical Citizens’ Humanifesto for a better Glasgow
Mark Langdon, Sue Laughlin and Penny Cole from the Solidarity Against Neoliberal Extremism (SANE) collective make the case for developing a Humanifesto in Glasgow based on the principles of radical municipalism, an international movement for a new type of citizen-driven politics of social justice at the city-level
The Remit and Terms of Reference of the Citizens' Assembly of Scotland
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced a Citizens’ Assembly on Scotland’s constitutional future in April. The Citizens’ Assembly of Scotland has today [27 August] published the details of its remit and terms of reference, which will define the scope of the the Citizens’ Assembly’s work going forward. CommonSpace re-publishes the full document below.
The Citizens’ Assembly will consider—
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.