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The Common Weal Policy Podcast.A weekly podcast explaining our policies as well as discussing Scottish policy news and events.

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The Common Weal Policy Podcast.A weekly podcast explaining our policies as well as discussing Scottish policy news and events.

    Episode #137 - Winter of Discontent II

    Episode #137 - Winter of Discontent II

    Episode 137 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast

    You can download the episode directly here. 
    This week, Craig talks to Prof. Richard Murphy, accountant and tax expert, about the multiple economic crises crashing into the UK at the moment. They discuss the impact of the release from Covid lockdowns, the inflation spike this caused and which was then exacerbated first by the war in Ukraine and then by corporate profiteering and then they talk about the energy crisis and what will happen if millions of people start defaulting on their energy bills.
    You can follow Richard's blog at Tax Research UK here.
    Common Weal's work is only possible thanks to our generous supporters who regularly donate an average of £10 per month. If you would like to help us build our vision of an All of Us First Scotland, you can do so here: https://commonweal.scot/product-category/support-us/
    The Policy Podcast would like to discuss all of Common Weal's policy papers in detail as well as other major policy stories in and around Scotland so if there are any topics that you would like to see covered or if you have an interesting policy story to tell and would like to be a guest on the show, please contact Craig at craig@common.scot
    You can also find us on iTunes, Spotify, Castbox, Stitcher, Tunein, iHeart Radio and other major podcast aggregators.
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    Episode #136 - The Two Souls of Indy - Extended Edition

    Episode #136 - The Two Souls of Indy - Extended Edition

    Episode 136 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast - Extended Edition 
    You can download the episode directly here.
    This is an extended edition of Episode #136 and includes around 12 minutes of extra content.
    This week, Craig talks to James Foley and Ben Wray who, along with the late Neil Davidson, have written a book looking at the "two souls" of the independence movement. On one hand, the pluralistic and largely left-wing grassroots "Indy Movement" and on the other, the more top-down, centralised and centrist or even centre-right campaign of the Scottish Government. Scotland After Britain looks at the two possible futures that could result from either of these campaigns and argues that if independence is to correct injustices created by the British Establishment, it must break with that Establishment rather than seeking to be a "stable" continuation of it.
    Scotland After Britain is available from Verso Press here.
    Disclaimer: The authors provided Craig with a review copy of the book for no charge.
    Common Weal's work is only possible thanks to our generous supporters who regularly donate an average of £10 per month. If you would like to help us build our vision of an All of Us First Scotland, you can do so here: https://commonweal.scot/product-category/support-us/
    The Policy Podcast would like to discuss all of Common Weal's policy papers in detail as well as other major policy stories in and around Scotland so if there are any topics that you would like to see covered or if you have an interesting policy story to tell and would like to be a guest on the show, please contact Craig at craig@common.scot
    You can also find us on iTunes, Spotify, Castbox, Stitcher, Tunein, iHeart Radio and other major podcast aggregators.
    You can also add the podcast to your RSS feed using this link: https://feeds.buzzsprout.com/264906.rss
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    Episode #136 - The Two Souls of Indy

    Episode #136 - The Two Souls of Indy

    Episode 136 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast
    You can download the episode directly here.
    This week, Craig talks to James Foley and Ben Wray who, along with the late Neil Davidson, have written a book looking at the "two souls" of the independence movement. On one hand, the pluralistic and largely left-wing grassroots "Indy Movement" and on the other, the more top-down, centralised and centrist or even centre-right campaign of the Scottish Government. Scotland After Britain looks at the two possible futures that could result from either of these campaigns and argues that if independence is to correct injustices created by the British Establishment, it must break with that Establishment rather than seeking to be a "stable" continuation of it.

    Scotland After Britain is available from Verso Press here.
    Disclaimer: The authors provided Craig with a review copy of the book for no charge.
    Common Weal's work is only possible thanks to our generous supporters who regularly donate an average of £10 per month. If you would like to help us build our vision of an All of Us First Scotland, you can do so here: https://commonweal.scot/product-category/support-us/
    The Policy Podcast would like to discuss all of Common Weal's policy papers in detail as well as other major policy stories in and around Scotland so if there are any topics that you would like to see covered or if you have an interesting policy story to tell and would like to be a guest on the show, please contact Craig at craig@common.scot
    You can also find us on iTunes, Spotify, Castbox, Stitcher, Tunein, iHeart Radio and other major podcast aggregators.
    You can also add the podcast to your RSS feed using this link: https://feeds.buzzsprout.com/264906.rss
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    "Hiding Your Reality" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
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    • 49 min
    Episode #135 - Edible Community

    Episode #135 - Edible Community

    Episode 135 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast
     You can download the episode directly here.
    This week, Craig talks to Cat Train and Gail Squires from Incredible Edible Neilston, a community growing group who grow food on unused land in their community and give away the produce for free to anyone who needs it. They talk about how they got started guerrilla gardening a piece of council land, how the council and local community supported them to expand and what they've been getting up to this season.

    You can visit their Facebook page here.
    The TED Talk by Pam Warhurst that inspired Cat can be watched here.
    And the Policy Podcast on Scotland's derelict land can be listened to here.

    Apologies for the background noise in this show - Cat's rabbit decided to "help" the Community Growers by tearing a cardboard box into mulch.
    Common Weal's work is only possible thanks to our generous supporters who regularly donate an average of £10 per month. If you would like to help us build our vision of an All of Us First Scotland, you can do so here: https://commonweal.scot/product-category/support-us/
    The Policy Podcast would like to discuss all of Common Weal's policy papers in detail as well as other major policy stories in and around Scotland so if there are any topics that you would like to see covered or if you have an interesting policy story to tell and would like to be a guest on the show, please contact Craig at craig@common.scot
    You can also find us on iTunes, Spotify, Castbox, Stitcher, Tunein, iHeart Radio and other major podcast aggregators.
    You can also add the podcast to your RSS feed using this link: https://feeds.buzzsprout.com/264906.rss
    Image Credit: Incredible Edible Neilston.

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    • 34 min
    Episode #134 - Land Reform Now

    Episode #134 - Land Reform Now

    Episode 134 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast
     You can download the episode directly here.
    This week, Craig talks to Simon Brooke a land activist, smallhold farmer and previous guest of the podcast when he talked about his experience self-building his home. They discuss the Scottish Government's new Land Reform Bill and the public consultation that is being held to inform it.  We encourage everyone to submit their thoughts to this consultation, even if you only answer a single question.
    If you would like to join Common Weal's Campaign Centre to get help writing a response or to talk to other activists about their responses, you can join here.
    Simon's article on repopulating Scotland with quarter of a million crofts can be read here.
    And his provocation on an exponential land tax here.
    You can find out more about the Scottish Government's public meetings on land reform here.
    And you can submit your own response to the consultation here.
    Common Weal's work is only possible thanks to our generous supporters who regularly donate an average of £10 per month. If you would like to help us build our vision of an All of Us First Scotland, you can do so here: https://commonweal.scot/product-category/support-us/
    The Policy Podcast would like to discuss all of Common Weal's policy papers in detail as well as other major policy stories in and around Scotland so if there are any topics that you would like to see covered or if you have an interesting policy story to tell and would like to be a guest on the show, please contact Craig at craig@common.scot
    You can also find us on iTunes, Spotify, Castbox, Stitcher, Tunein, iHeart Radio and other major podcast aggregators.
    You can also add the podcast to your RSS feed using this link: https://feeds.buzzsprout.com/264906.rss
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    "Hiding Your Reality" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
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    • 47 min
    Episode #133 - Common Doune

    Episode #133 - Common Doune

    Episode 133 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast
     You can download the episode directly here.
    This week, Craig talks to fellow Common Weal staffers Leo Plumb and Kaitlin Dryburgh. After an introduction to Kaitlin - our new Policy Comms Coordinator - they talk about Common Weal's involvement in the upcoming Doune The Rabbit Hole festival and the Douniversity - a tent of interesting political and social talks, demonstrations and activities taking place throughout the weekend of the festival.
    Common Weal's upcoming events on the Land Reform Consultation can be found here [SOLD OUT] and here.
    More information about Doune the Rabbit Hole, including where to get tickets, can be found on their website here.
    Common Weal's work is only possible thanks to our generous supporters who regularly donate an average of £10 per month. If you would like to help us build our vision of an All of Us First Scotland, you can do so here: https://commonweal.scot/product-category/support-us/
    The Policy Podcast would like to discuss all of Common Weal's policy papers in detail as well as other major policy stories in and around Scotland so if there are any topics that you would like to see covered or if you have an interesting policy story to tell and would like to be a guest on the show, please contact Craig at craig@common.scot
    You can also find us on iTunes, Spotify, Castbox, Stitcher, Tunein, iHeart Radio and other major podcast aggregators.
    You can also add the podcast to your RSS feed using this link: https://feeds.buzzsprout.com/264906.rss
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    "Hiding Your Reality" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
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    • 33 min

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