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.
Craig Dalzell: What could a common weal town look like?
Common Weal’s Head of Policy and Research Dr Craig Dalzell looks at the town centres and high streets of Scotland and considers what a Common Weal town might look like at its heart.
“THERE is no such thing as society”, said Margaret Thatcher as she set about deliberately demolishing the structures in the UK that supported its society.
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.