Powering Our Ambitions
Common Weal calls for the Scottish Government to launch a National Energy Company, to couple it with a Scottish Energy Development Agency and to Power Scotland’s Ambitions to become a zero-carbon nation which can tackle the problems of fuel poverty.
Common Weal’s latest policy paper Powering Our Ambitions lays out the rationale for a publicly owned national energy company (NEC) and presents the blueprint for making it happen. You can read the paper in full here.
TSSA warns of ‘Winter of Discontent’ as Holyrood votes against ScotRail nationalisation
Rail union condemns SNP for siding with the Tories in favour of not activating the break clause, while Labour are accused of “rank hypocrisy”
A SCOTTISH LABOUR PROPOSAL aiming to compel the Scottish Government to exercise a break clause in ScotRail’s contract, end Abellio’s franchise and move towards nationalisation was defeated today (14 November), eliciting condemnation from the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association trade union.
SNP MP calls for action as branches close while Post Office profits soar
Communities “face crisis” due to UK Government’s drive to maximise profits, says SNP small business spokesperson
POSTMASTERS resigning due to cuts in pay are behind a majority of temporary Post Office closures, despite soaring profits over the same period, the SNP’s small business spokesperson has argued in a new call for greater investment.
Public Energy Company - Common Weal Consultation Response
Common Weal calls for the creation of a publicly owned energy company (POEC) with the goals of creating new energy infrastructure, accelerating energy system reform, increasing public engagement with the energy network and reducing costs to consumers.
“Like quasi-organised crime”: As RBS is declared UK’s worst bank, 66% of Britons distrust banking sector
New poll from banking reform group Positive Money shows 72 per cent believe banks should have faced harsher penalties after financial crisis as RBS agrees to pay £3.6 billion for misconduct
A MAJORITY of the British public do not trust banks to work in the UK’s interests, believe that banks should have faced greater penalties for their role in the 2008 financial crisis, and worry that the banking sector may cause further economic disaster, new polling has revealed.
Analysis: As the horror of climate change begins to surface, can we stop sleepwalking into oblivion?
Effectively combating climate change is only possible by recognising that we are already in the midst of a global catastrophe
CLIMATE CHANGE, for those who believe that scientists know something about science, traversed from theory to reality before any of us were born. That the Earth was capable of vast climactic shifts was recognised as early as the late 18th century; a hundred years later, the unwitting (or uncaring) role which humanity’s influence played in such environmental upheavals was first posited.
Robin McAlpine: An economy for us needs companies for us
CommonSpace columnist and Common Weal director Robin McAlpine makes the case for nationalisation across energy, banking, housing and transport
THERE are two ways you can look at the proposal for a national energy company. You could see it as a populist stunt, a sort of electoral bribe in which voters get the promise of cheaper electricity and gas. But you shouldn't.
#SNP17 votes to “send a strong message” to Westminster demanding the devolution of Network Rail
Motion passes amid discussion of a public sector bid for Scottish rail system
THE SNP spring conference has voted to demand the devolution of control over Network Rail, in a move framed by a wider debate about a future public bid for control of Scottish rail services.
Network Rail is the company that controls rail infrastructure, including signalling systems, rail and improvement works across the UK. The Scottish Government does not control its operation in Scotland, but does franchise out the operation of the Scotrail Train company.