Crossing A Low Bar
Politics is a game of competition. Of standing out above the crowd and above those who would be your opposition. Of being better than anyone else who would vie for the support of those who would place you and not the other into power.
Working For Life
Iain Duncan Smith's think tank the Centre for Social Justice, reported to have particular influence on Boris Johnson, announced over the weekend that they have drawn up proposals to increase the UK's state pension age to 75 by 2035.
The Goriest Twelfth
Chapping at the door: Interpreting the Ashcroft poll
Yesterday’s release of a poll showing majority support for Scottish independence has already inspired much debate and interpretation - Common Weal's head of policy and research Dr Craig Dalzell takes a deeper look at what the latest findings tell us
Scottish National Investment Bank Takes Another Step Forward
Post Legislative Scrutiny - Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 - Submission from Common Weal
Common Weal has responded to the Public Audit and Post-Legislative Scrutiny Committee’s call for views on the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.
You can read the full response to the call for views here.
SNP Conference Adopts Common Weal Statistics Policy
Head of Policy & Research Dr Craig Dalzell comments on the passing of a motion supporting the creation of a Scottish Statistics Agency.
The SNP conference was marked by several important topics that were thrashed out on the floor on the day and in the press and online in the weeks and months preceding. On the Growth Commission in particular, I was personally invested in a great deal of that discussion so I know how many tens of thousands of words were written around that topic.
Craig Dalzell: Brexit could make the UK a data desert
Craig Dalzell, Common Weal head of policy & research and author of a paper on the need for a Scottish statistics agency, makes a plea for the UK to apply for continued access to and continued active participation in the Eurostat statistical database post-Brexit.
AS A RESULT of the 2016 referendum on membership of the European Union, the United Kingdom will – assuming no arrangements to the contrary – cease to be a member of the European Union on 29 March 2019.