Craig Dalzell: Looking past the headlines on Scotland's export stats reveals hidden truths
Common Weal head of policy & research Dr Craig Dalzell looks in depth at Export Statistics Scotland’s latest publication, and finds it reveals truths about Scotland’s economy which do not easily fit the Unionist narrative
THE new Export Statistics Scotland publication shows the global opportunities for Scottish goods and the solid foundations for the economy of an independent Scotland.
Craig Dalzell: This is a mitigation Budget - Scotland desperately needs the powers to chart its own course
Craig Dalzell, head of policy & research at Common Weal, gives his take on the Scottish Government’s draft budget for 2019/20 announced today [12 December]
THE first draft of the Scottish budget possibly wasn’t the highest profile piece of news to come out this week, given the state of Brexit and the impending no confidence vote on Theresa May.
Craig Dalzell: Gathering thoughts on the Growth Commission
Common Weal head of policy & research Dr Craig Dalzell looks at the grassroots indy consultation on the Growth Commission which began at the Gathering on Saturday, and finds there is more to take issue with in the report than just the currency plans
Development Councils - A Proposal For A New System Of Local Democracy In Scotland
Scotland has, by a wide margin, the worse degree of local democracy in Europe.
A new policy paper from Common Weal explores the lack of effectiveness and accountability of local democracy in Scotland and has developed a new proposal based on evidence gathered from extensive interviews with a wide range of individuals and organisations working in local democracy and community development throughout Scotland.
Rory Steel: SupportSNIC Welcomes Infrastructure Company Commission
Craig Dalzell: How I went from political apathy to a Common Weal vision for indy
Common Weal head of policy & research Craig Dalzell tells his personal story from politically apathy to the Yes movement and Common Weal, and why he’s asking for your financial support for the organisation
“BUT you’re not a Nationalist?” “I didn’t think you’d be into this kind of thing?”
This was the reaction from several of my friends when, in October 2012, I announced that I had signed the “Yes Declaration” and nailed my colours to the mast of the independence campaign.
Ten Common Weal policies to help mitigate climate change now
The International Panel on Climate Change has published a special report on the impacts of global warming surpassing 1.5oC above pre-industrial baseline levels.
This report details the current projections for the world if we continue to ignore the magnitude of the climate change problems ahead for the world as well as strategic pathways for limiting warming below that 1.5oC threshold.
Our Democracy Is Not For Sale
The Scottish Government’s 2018-19 Program For Government has called for an Electoral Reform Bill. In an age of digital political campaigns, this Bill must include safeguards to prevent the abuse and effective purchase of our democracy by those who are rich enough to do so.
Common Weal’s latest policy paper seeks to upcoming discussions on electoral reform by examining the changing nature of political campaigning and makes key recommendations around areas such as campaign funding, digital campaign transparency and undue outside influence of elections and referendums.
Common Weal Opposes Closure of Renewable Energy Feed-In Tariffs Scheme
The UK Government recently quietly concluded a consultation on their plan to end feed-in tariffs (FITs) for renewable energy schemes. This scheme – introduced in 2010 – provides subsidies for small-scale, low carbon electricity generators such as rooftop solar panels.