06/02/2020SeanBellCommon Weal head of research and policy Dr Craig Dalzell reflects on a Scottish budget delivered under extraordinary circumstances THE BREAKING this morning of shocking and abhorrent revelations surrounding Derek Mackay’s conduct will almost certainly dominate the news today and his resignation was inevitable when they did. I certainly do not envy Kate Forbes, who […]

Craig Dalzell: Scottish Budget Review 2020


05/02/2020SeanBellFollowing Brexit, the exiled former Catalan minister is now officially one of the five new MEPs gained by Spain Clara Ponsati receives credentials as a member of the European Parliament in Brussels, despite Spanish demands that she be prevented from leaving the UKPonsati faces a charge of sedition over her role in Catalonia’s 2017 independence […]

‘Justice has been done today’: Clara Ponsati accredited as MEP


05/02/2020DrDalzellEpisode 35 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast You can download the episode directly here. In this episode, Jonathon Shafi and Craig Dalzell discuss Common Weal’s latest policy paper Within Our Grasp – a campaign strategy aimed at winning independence. The main paper can be read here and a shorter summary paper can be read […]

The Common Weal Policy Podcast – Episode #35


04/02/2020Ben WrayDebt campaigners call for financing models with “safety and quality” at their heart Anti-debt campaigners slam new private-public financing modelScottish Government projects accused of over-charging publicCalls for public financing models using a national infrastructure company A NEW report has added fresh pressure to the Scottish Government’s new model of private financing for Scottish public infrastructure projects. […]

‘Serve the people’: Report piles pressure on new Scottish Government private finance model


04/02/2020Calum CooperFilm critic Calum Cooper reviews the upcoming Parasite, an extraordinary South Korean film that has been winning awards across the world. Parasite – ★★★★★ Bong Joon-Ho’s Parasite has had the most astonishing winning streak of recent cinema. Since unanimously winning the Palme D’Or at Cannes 2019, the film has gone on to win over 150 […]

FilmSpace: Parasite


04/02/2020Ben WraySNP challenges Johnson government to increase Scottish health and social care spend by £4 billion SNP MPs clash with UK Government over NHS funding levelsConcerns over English Votes for English laws in major legislationDoubts over sufficiency of new NHS funding after decade of austerity SNP parliamentarians have challenged UK Government to produce a substantial […]

Debate over Scottish NHS funding heats up as SNP accuse UK government of ‘damaging’ intent


03/02/2020IdlemildFilm critic Scott Wilson reviews a documentary about the biggest pop star in the world fresh from premiering at Sundance, a descent into madness on a storm-battered island, and an instant modern classic. Miss Americana – ★★★★☆ When you’re the biggest pop star in the world, every part of your life is micromanaged and scrutinised. Taylor […]

FilmSpace: Miss Americana; The Lighthouse; Parasite


03/02/2020SeanBellLatest polling from Survation puts support for independence at 50 per cent New poll indicates support for independence is holding steady, following last week’s YouGov findings showing 51 per cent behind YesSNP depute leader Keith Brown argues poll shows “without doubt that the momentum is behind independence THE LATEST polling from Survation among voting-age Scots […]

Case for independence ‘grows stronger by the day’, argues SNP following new poll


31/01/2020SeanBellAs new operator for the community farm, the charity LOVE learning has confirmed it will remain free and open seven days a week Following a search by liquidators MHA Henderson Loggie, education and social care charity LOVE learning named as new operator for shuttered community farmLOVE learning CEO Lynn Bell has previously committed to preserving […]

‘Recognise the love’: Charity to take over Gorgie City Farm


31/01/2020BeccaVOX  LIMINIS, an organisation that undertakes arts-based research into issues affecting those that have experienced the criminal justice system, has recently published a paper giving insight into the hostile environment facing those ‘coming home’.  “And one of the things that the Distant Voices project does […] is try to flip the narrative about rehabilitation, and […]

Re-imagining Re-integration: CommonSpace Speaks to Vox Liminis