21 episodes

Join former UK Prime Minter Gordon Brown and the Our Scottish Future team for conversation and debate with interesting individuals, smart thinkers and people with new ideas about how we can build a more cooperative UK. Our Scottish Future fights for a better Scotland within a reformed UK, and for a more cooperative UK.

Our Scottish Future Our Scottish Future

    • Government
    • 4.4 • 14 Ratings

Join former UK Prime Minter Gordon Brown and the Our Scottish Future team for conversation and debate with interesting individuals, smart thinkers and people with new ideas about how we can build a more cooperative UK. Our Scottish Future fights for a better Scotland within a reformed UK, and for a more cooperative UK.

    Bringing Positive Change to the Community with Katie Kelly

    Bringing Positive Change to the Community with Katie Kelly

    Positive change is possible in Scotland, and it's happening. New podcast with former East Ayrshire local authority leader Katie Kelly on how the council there helped to build vibrant communities. Political consensus needed to promote this brilliant work across Scotland.
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    • 57 min
    Scotland's Schools: The Next Pisa the Puzzle with Lindsay Paterson and Melvyn Roffe

    Scotland's Schools: The Next Pisa the Puzzle with Lindsay Paterson and Melvyn Roffe

    In the wake of disappointing PISA results, Our Scottish Future Director Eddie Barnes is joined by two experts in Scottish education: Lindsay Paterson, Emeritus Professor of Education Policy at the University of Edinburgh and Melvyn Roffe, Principal of George Watson's College.

    Listen as they dive deep into Scotland's PISA results; why do they need to improve and how can they improve? This engaging and informative conversation covers multiple areas of Scottish education policy, including the Curriculum for Excellence. 

    Eddie begins the podcast as a pessimist, but by the end is an optimist!
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    • 47 min
    A Little Less Conversation: Closing Scotland's Implementation Gap

    A Little Less Conversation: Closing Scotland's Implementation Gap

    *LINK TO VIEW SLIDES REFERENCED*

    The recording of the presentation of the new report from Our Scottish Future.

    Titled, "A Little Less Conversation: Closing Scotland's Implementation Gap", the report argues that the successes of devolution has been stymied in recent years by a combination of “too much politics, too much government, a failure to cooperate, and a centralised political culture”. It praises several successes under the Scottish Government but concludes that Ministers too often “govern by press release”.

    The panel consists of report author, Jamie Gollings, OSF Chair, Prof Jim Gallagher and former civil servants Philip Rycroft and Lucy Hunter Blackburn.

    📈 Link to slides: https://ourscottishfuture.org/closing-scotlands-implementation-gap-slides/
    👉 Read the full report here: https://ourscottishfuture.org/wp-cont...
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    • 51 min
    Scotland's NHS under the microscope

    Scotland's NHS under the microscope

    Our Scottish Future's Eddie Barnes is joined by Alex Neil, former Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, Helen Puttick, health reporter at The Times and Professor David Kerr, head of the OSF health commission and professor of cancer medicine at Oxford University, to discuss Scotland's NHS and how it can be improved.
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    The Robin Harper Interview

    The Robin Harper Interview

    Eddie Barnes interviews Robin Harper.

    They cover; Harper's headline news making decision to resign from the Scottish Greens -the party he once led as the first Green MSP in the Scottish parliament- to climate change and the future of the UK. 
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    • 29 min
    Pump Up The Volume

    Pump Up The Volume

    Heat pumps. You've heard a lot about them, but what actually are they? Are they a solution to our energy troubles? Are the Scottish government's lofty goals deliverable?

    Our Scottish Future's Eddie Barnes speaks with Dr Peter Wood, an Associate Lecturer at The Open University in Scotland, a researcher in sustainability, and a trade unionist to find out more.

    You can read Pete's blog on the topic here:
    https://ourscottishfuture.org/pump-up-the-volume/
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    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

RM Ayrshire ,

Our Scottish Futures

Great podcast , loved the metro mayors passion for their area and people - one voice for all - Key sentiment that really resonates is “Make decisions for people by people that are as close as possible to the people” - That is where modern politics and policy needs to be so we can get away from career politicians and party politics for real change. We need to decentralise Holyrood and give the power to the Scottish people.

morganmauler ,

Monologue

British unionism talks to itself. No dissenting voices allowed, so Broon ignores the views of the 50+% of Scots now committed to a non-U.K. future.

LornoF ,

Brilliant!

Great podcast - amazing to hear such insight from Gordon Brown and his guests. Looking forward to future episodes!

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