The CommonSpace Editorial Team
Programme for Government 2019: Reaction from Common Weal, STUC, Friends of the Earth, Patrick Harvie + more
CommonSpace rounds up reaction to Nicola Sturgeon’s 2019 Programme for Government, which was dominated by proposals to lower carbon emissions
NICOLA STURGEON’S 2019 Programme for Government was dominated by the Climate Emergency.
CS Forum: Indyref at 5
Tickets available for 26 September CS Forum here.
TO MARK the fifth anniversary of the 2014 independence referendum, CommonSpace’s September forum will explore what we can learn from the successes and failures of that enormous mass movement for independence.
We will also look at what has changed since and what the prospects are for the independence movement to seize the initiative in the Brexit crisis to deliver another referendum, and a majority for independence.
Hilary Long: Children are unhappy - we need a wellbeing curriculum for schools
CommonSpace columnist Hilary Long looks at a new report on the unhappiness of children in the UK, and makes the case for a well-being approach to the curriculum where a ‘good’ school is not defined by its exam results
IT HAS been one unforgettable week in British politics with the proroguing of parliament and I joined other citizens in Scotland in George Square to protest and defend democracy. It was wonderful to see a display of intergenerational action against Boris Johnson and the Westminster parliament.
Long Read: Richard Murphy on a Green New Deal for Scotland
Richard Murphy, member of the Green New Deal Group and Professor of Practice in International Political Economy, City, University of London, spoke at a sold-out CommonSpace Forum on 29 August on a Green New Deal for Scotland (pictured above). In preparation for the talk, Murphy wrote this long read essay on his vision for a Green New Deal. We publish it in full below.
The Critical Citizens’ Humanifesto for a better Glasgow
Mark Langdon, Sue Laughlin and Penny Cole from the Solidarity Against Neoliberal Extremism (SANE) collective make the case for developing a Humanifesto in Glasgow based on the principles of radical municipalism, an international movement for a new type of citizen-driven politics of social justice at the city-level
The Remit and Terms of Reference of the Citizens' Assembly of Scotland
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced a Citizens’ Assembly on Scotland’s constitutional future in April. The Citizens’ Assembly of Scotland has today [27 August] published the details of its remit and terms of reference, which will define the scope of the the Citizens’ Assembly’s work going forward. CommonSpace re-publishes the full document below.
The Citizens’ Assembly will consider—
WATCH: The CommonSpace Show - with Karin Goodwin
The CommonSpace Show returns – featuring CommonSpace journalists David Jamieson and Rhiannon Davies discussing the week’s big stories.
For this edition, we are joined by freelance journalist Karin Goodwin who regularly contributes to both the Sunday National and The Ferret. Earlier this year she was awarded the Nicola Barry award at the Scottish Press Awards for her campaigning journalism. She focuses mainly on social issues, and has covered homelessness and the Serco evictions in depth.
Hilary Long: The shipping container and office block kids
CommonSpace columnist Hilary Long looks at the shocking revelations of a new report by the Children’s Commissioner for England on temporary accommodation
SQUEEZED in after Boris Johnson’s fantasies about a renegotiated Brexit deal as he gallivants around Europe, a news item about a new report on homeless children caught my attention.
Janice McGhee & Lorraine Waterhouse: The Independent Care Review - form over substance
Janice McGhee and Lorraine Waterhouse, researchers on child welfare and child protection, argue that the Scottish Government’s Independent Care Review is a system talking to itself, which refuses to engage with the dangers of removing children from their families
A'body First: Customs & Excise in a new Scotland
Common Weal Aberdeen's first podcast explores how an independent Scotland could approach customs - the control of goods entering the country - differently from the UK
A'BODY FIRST is a new podcast produced by Common Weal Aberdeen.
In the first of a series of podcasts, Bill Austin, a Customs expert with over 25 years of experience, provides his analysis of Brexit and its likely impact on Customs, and looks at how an independent Scotland could approach things differently.
The podcast is split into three parts below.