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.
Analysis: Scotland’s prisons are bursting at the seams - will @ScotGov be brave on community justice?
A new report has highlighted the overcrowding crisis in Scotland’s prisons – the evidence suggests a community justice approach would be more effective and affordable, but is the Scottish Government politically brave enough to embrace it?
THE 2018/19 report of the Chief Inspector of Prisons Scotland, Wendy Sinclair-Gieben, makes for grim reading.
Analysis: 100 years on from independence, Afghanistan is still a pawn in great power games
With the western powers negotiating with the Taliban, 18 years of ceaseless bloodshed has proven to be pointless
THIS week marks the centenary of Afghan independence from British rule (19 August).
The occasion was marked by weekend bombings, claimed by the Islamic State franchise in Afghanistan, even as the US edges closer to a deal with the Taliban.
Analysis: What could fiscal policy beyond deficit fundamentalism look like?
The publication of GERS has been accompanied by the standard deficit fundamentalism about Scotland’s public finances – but is there an alternative approach to fiscal policy?
AS SCOTLAND’S political geeks scrap it out over the GERS report, another finding on the UK’s public finances flew under the radar.
Calls for stricter penalties for wildlife crimes as Scottish gamekeeper avoids jail after killing protected birds
The Revive coalition argues the case of Alan Wilson, who avoided a custodial sentence for the illegal killing of wildlife, “highlights significant failings in the justice system”