The Common Weal Policy Podcast – Episode #16


Episode 16 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast



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This week Common Weal’s Campaigns Officer Jonathon Shafi and Head of Policy & Research Dr Craig Dalzell discuss Craig’s 2016 Common Weal policy paper Claiming Scotland’s Assets.

This paper looks at the principles, legalities and historical precedents surrounding the division of state-owned assets and debts when that state breaks apart into two or more constituent parts.

After discussing some of the historical examples of countries breaking up Craig looks at how the 2014 independence campaign dealt with the questions of debts and assets and how the historical precedents in the paper could inform and strengthen that debate.

Finally, Craig discusses the negotiating stance proposed by the Growth Commission and how it differs from the examples mentioned previously. There he references Common Weal’s response to the Growth Commission A Silver Chain.

Craig will be in Edinburgh on Saturday 20th of July to give a talk about this paper and to answer questions from the audience. Details of the event can be found here.

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