Exclusive: New demographics of independence report identifies most Yes votes to be found among the working class
Those below the median income are the biggest pool of potential Yes voters that can be tapped into by far, a new report on the demographics of independence has found.
WARNING against a strategy of targeting higher income Scots, a report by the Common Weal think-tank will be published tomorrow [8 June] showing the demographics of potential Yes voters as the SNP’s party conference kicks-off in Aberdeen.
Rebuttal: Why silly figures for what an independent Scotland would need to protect its currency misunderstand modern money
CommonSpace dissects the argument that an independent Scotland would need a foreign currency reserve big enough to back up “everything” in its national economy
THE Daily Telegraph has published claims from Glasgow University professor Ronald Macdonald claiming if an independent Scotland were to establish its own Scottish currency it would need foreign currency reserves of anywhere between £30-300 billion.
Analysis: 5 key questions that advocates of federalism have yet to answer
The publication of a new Common Weal paper and a recent intervention by Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard have raised the issue of UK federalism once again
FEDERALISM is a recurring, seemingly perennial feature of Scottish constitutional discourse.
Housebuilder CEO receives 2,100% pay rise – time for the Scottish Government to end subsidy
Persimmon received over £77m from the Scottish Government’s help-to-buy scheme from 2013-17
THE Scottish Government must end help-to-buy subsidies which feeds astonishing corporate greed, the Common Weal think-tank has argued.
The call comes after the publication of housebuilder Persimmon’s annual accounts, revealing the details of an astonishing rise in annual remuneration for the executive team, including a 2,100% increase for the CEO Jeff Fairburn.
Common Weal calls for a Scottish National Infrastructure Company to replace Scottish Futures Trust
The Scottish Parliament will debate Scottish Futures Trust on Tuesday [14 March] afternoon
A NATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE COMPANY could provide a new model for delivering public infrastructure and replace private-finance with 'public-public partnerships', Common Weal has argued ahead of a debate in the Scottish Parliament on the Scottish Government’s approach to financing public infrastructure.
Why Housing is A Sentiment Deeper Than Rooms and a Roof
Doaa Shabbir, a 15 year-old school student in Glasgow, reflects on Common Weal’s Housing convention last year, and asks: can we have an approach to housing which transcends materialistic ideology?
MATERIALISTIC desires mimic God; that is why we hold on to them so much.
"Why speculate when you can calculate?" - committee recommendations can help fix Scotland's data desert
Common Weal head of research Craig Dalzell looks at the final report of a Scottish Parliament consultation into economic data in Scotland, which closely reflects Common Weal’s recent paper on the subject
"Why speculate when you can calculate?" - John Baez, American mathematical physicist
Report: Renewables Scotland 2030
The paper focuses on four key areas: energy infrastructure, electric vehicles, autonomous distribution and shipping.
A SCOTTISH National Energy Company should seek to emulate German and Nordic approaches by delivering not-for-profit renewable energy with strong municipal control, a new Common Weal paper argues.
Scotland's Data Desert: The case for a Scottish Statistics Agency
The paper has been welcomed by the former Scottish Office Chief Statistician, Jim Cuthbert
ESTABLISHING an independent Scottish Statistics Agency (SSA) could provide a significant boost to the economic management of the country, a report published by Common Weal has argued.
‘Scotland’s Data Desert: The Case for a Scottish Statistics Agency’ is authored by Common Weal head of research Dr Craig Dalzell, and can be read in full here.