Bob Ingram: Introducing the Prospectus for an Independent Scotland
Bob Ingram from Centre for Scottish Constitutional Studies introduces the group’s prospectus for an independent Scotland, a bold plan for how to use the policy levers of independence to transform Scotland’s economy and society
OVER the past couple of years the media has had many letters proclaiming that Scottish Independence was a great idea, but once we have it, no one seemed to know what the New Scotland was going to be like – for us, for our senior citizens, for our bairns.
Robin McAlpine: An investment-led economy offers hope for an independent Scotland
Common Weal Director Robin McAlpine introduces a new policy paper on an investment-led economy, which would offer the security, stability and sufficiency needed to persuade people of change.
The future is often the realisation of the stories we tell ourselves today; tell a confident story and you have more chance of living in a confident future. The report Common Weal has launched today is our confident story about a post-independence Scottish economy.
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.
5 big ‘rock the boat’ ideas the indy movement could take from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Sturgeon has praised Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for “rocking the boat” – does the independence movement need to pick up some of her radical ideas?
FIRST MINISTER Nicola Sturgeon took Twitter time out from Brexit on Tuesday [29 January] to make a perhaps surprising intervention into the internal politics of the Democrats in the US.
Robin McAlpine: Why the debate about MMT in the indy movement is exactly what we need right now
Common Weal director Robin McAlpine finds that the debate around Modern Monetary Theory can help the independence movement develop an economic case for independence far better than a redacted version of the Growth Commission
IT’S been really interesting to start the year with a debate over Modern Monetary Theory. I think it speaks well of the independence movement that we're even looking at these important issues, thinking which is woefully absent from much of the UK economic debate.
The Scottish economy lost £9.2 billion from financial outflows in 2017, think-tank finds
Fraser of Allander and Common Weal raise questions about the benefits of foreign direct investment, which the Scottish Government has said is a “key priority”
THE Fraser of Allander Institute has found that £9.2 billion of economic value created in Scotland, equivalent to 5.5 per cent of Scottish GDP, left the country in 2017, leading to questions being asked about whether Scotland really benefits from extensive foreign ownership of its economy.
Podcast: Is Scotland ready for the fourth industrial revolution?
Everyone is agreed the fourth industrial revolution will fundamentally change society and the economy – but how can Scotland adapt to it?
COMMONSPACE editor Ben Wray speaks to technology writer and engineer Craig Berry about his new report for Common Weal on automation, Disruptive Technologies: The Impact on Workers in Scotland.