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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 #131 - Laying Foundations

    Episode #131 - Laying Foundations

    Episode 131 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast
     You can download the episode directly here.
    This week, Craig talks to Dr W. Elliot Bulmer about the UK's recent Constitutional turmoil. They discuss why the UK does not have a codified or written constitution, what that has allowed to the UK Government to do with regards to things like our human rights and how an independent Scotland could go about writing first a transitional and then a permanent constitution that could be broadly accepted across society.

     You can read his paper on building a Scottish constitution 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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    "Hiding Your Reality" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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    • 48 min
    Episode #130 - Community Roots

    Episode #130 - Community Roots

    Episode 130 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast
     You can download the episode directly here.
    This week, Craig talks to Barbara Sharp and Fi Thorburn from West Kilbride's Community Roots. Formed at the onset of the pandemic, they created a community garden and growing network called SHED (Social Horticulture for Experts and Dummies) and now help people learn how to grow as well as providing food for their community Food Larder.
    If you'd like to know more about Community Roots and the SHED project you can do so behind the links.
    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 Source: SHED Project
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    "Hiding Your Reality" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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    • 40 min
    Episode #129 - Secret Scotland

    Episode #129 - Secret Scotland

    Episode 129 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast
     You can download the episode directly here.
    This week, Craig talks to Ellen Dalzell about Freedom of Information in Scotland and how the Scottish Government may still be using loopholes in the legislation to limit access to information requested via FOI. Her journey starts with an investigation into whether the Scottish Government had conducted any polling in parallel to the UK Government's own "secret polls" on attitudes towards the Union and uncovers the fact that while the Government is compelled to respond to FOIs, it is not compelled to publish the response to anyone other than the requester, despite maintaining an archive of replies (effectively allowing them to pick and choose what they publish to the wider public).

    You can read more about Ellen's FOI requests in particular along with a video of Craig's meeting with the Scottish Parliament on reviewing FOI legislation here.

    You can find out more about Now Scotland 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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    • 29 min
    Episode #128 - Talking Trash

    Episode #128 - Talking Trash

    Episode 128 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast
    You can download the episode directly here.
    This week, Craig talks to Jeff Kirschner CEO and founder of Litterati - a company in the USA that enables communities to identify dumped waste in their area, track it back to the company who made it and to build up a database and map of the worst offending products and companies. They rely on communities of citizen scientists who download their app and track when and where they encounter litter with the aim of encouraging better Producer Responsibility to reduce the impact of the goods they create.
    You can learn more about Litterati and join their tracking community at their website here.
    The study on finding microplastics in human blood was reported here.
    The study tracking human consumption of microplastics can be read 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)
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    • 30 min
    Episode #127 - Made In Scotland

    Episode #127 - Made In Scotland

    Episode 127 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast
    You can download the episode directly here.
    This week, Craig talks to Ruth Watson from Keep Scotland The Brand a campaign organisation that calls for clear labelling of Scottish produce and resists replacing "Made in Scotland" labels with less clear, less valuable "Made in Britain" labels or shops removing marks of provenance altogether. They discuss why it is so important that we know where our food and other goods is made, why Scotland's brand is so value domestically and internationally and what the implications could be for Scotland's food security if we allow "Brand Scotland" to be replaced by "Bland Britain".
    Apologies for the slight decline in sound quality in this week's episode. This was largely due to the Council deciding to mow a patch of grass outside while Craig was recording.
    If you would like to join Common Weal's Campaign Centre to meet with like-minded activists and to learn more about our policies and how to become an effective campaigner, you can do so 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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    • 54 min
    Episode #126 - Waste Not

    Episode #126 - Waste Not

    Episode 126 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast
    You can download the episode directly here.
    This week, Craig talks to Susan Guy from Dunbar's Miixer Zero Waste Hub. The hub intercepts and redirects materials that would otherwise be thrown out as "waste" and makes it available for reuse - boasting that they can reclaim over 1,000 tonnes of material every year and that they manage to achieve a 95% reuse rate for that recovered material. Susan talks us through the process of recovery and reuse and tells some stories of the kinds of things they've managed to find a new home for.

    You can find out more about Miixer 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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