Great to see this out. Go and give it a read!
We spoke about the Citizens' Assembly and one of their most exciting plans on the Policy Podcast in November.…
Go and read their reports at
Here are some of the policies they've called for that line up well with @Common_Weal polices (with links to our papers):

[Recommendation 3] A House of Citizens to oversee the Scottish Parliament -…
[12] All tax-payer funded documentation to be automatically made publicly available and easily searchable -…
[15] Introduce a Universal Basic Income -…
[32] To focus economic investment on SMEs rather than multinationals -…
[34] Work with @Living_Rent etc to implement a system of rent controls -…
[38] - Ban unnecessary non-biodegrable materials in our goods, increase recycling and minimise waste (we actually go a fair bit further than this) -…
[40] Wider investment in renewables and surrounding infrastructure -…
[42] Make it much easier to retrofit homes to meet climate targets -…
[48] Be transparent about the private involvement in public services -…
[50] A broad-spectrum review of the tax system to ensure that it is fair and progressive. -…
[51] Investigate a four-day working week -…
Great to see these ideas gaining majority and sometimes overwhelming support from the Scottish public as represented by the Citizens' Assembly.

Very proud to see that @Common_Weal has not only been on the right side of these debates but in many instances well ahead of the curve.
If you want to help support us in our continuing work and to help us continue pushing that curve, please consider a regular donation. Together, we can build a Scotland that works for All of Us.
Over to @scotgov now. We all await your response to the people of Scotland. How many of these recommendations will you implement?

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13 Jan
Good thread and it's well worth reading the paper (it's linked in the last post).

Some of my own comments in this thread
First, it's really good to see that the paper has either adopted the policies of or has come to the same conclusion as @Common_Weal's paper on rail nationalisation.

If we don't own all parts of the network, we can't strategically plan for it.…
Excellent to see the plan include measures of how we get to the stations too. That has been too often omitted from previous attempts to do this kind of thing.
Read 17 tweets
11 Jan
.@scotgov's target for retrofitting houses up to GND standard is to increase the rate of retrofits up to 64,000 per year by 2025.

To retrofit all existing houses (never mind other buildings) before 2045, we need to retrofit more than 100,000 per year, starting from 2021.
It gets worse. In 2018/19, Scotland built around 22,000 new houses - almost all of which do not meet GND standards and will need to be retrofitted before 2045.… Image
The current Scottish Government target of 64k retrofits/year would therefore means over a third of that target being consumed by new builds that we knew at point of construction wouldn't meet the standards required by 2045.
Read 7 tweets
22 Aug 20
One of my political dreams for Scotland is a National Policy Academy (See… pg 29)
Here too there is, too often, a dearth in thinking about polices, their implementation and their consequences. Too often announcements are about chasing tomorrow's great headline or salving yesterday's bad one. Soundbite over substance.
Too many in Scotland almost rejoice at the lack of effective Opposition in Scottish politics. I don't.

Because a Government never needs to be the best it can be. Merely be one vote better than the Opposition come election time.
Read 5 tweets
20 Jul 20
Yesterday on the "UK Internal Market" debate Alister Jack said something quite interesting.… Alister Jack - "Were it ever to come to pass that a fut
On the face of it, this is supposed to be reassuring but I don't think folk on either side of the constitutional debate will find it so if they stop to think about it.
On one hand, we on the pro-independence side know that this promise is absolutely meaningless and has been ever since the Supreme Court upheld the UK Government's right to ignore and overrule legislative consent motions at its whim.…
Read 9 tweets
13 Jul 20
So is anyone else going to chat about the First Minster declaring yesterday on #Marr that independence is off until the "economic legacy" of Covid has been cleared?
(I know @CraigMurrayOrg has).

See from 10:09 onwards - esp 11.30.
I mean, in national budget terms (if not inequality and other harmful impacts), the legacy of the 2008 Financial Crisis ended in 2017, just after the impact of Brexit began which itself hadn't ended before the Covid crisis began and there's a Climate crisis about decade away...
I agree that the acute crisis does demand response right now - even though an Autumn indy referendum was looking unlikely before the pandemic, the pandemic has quashed it.…
Read 11 tweets
9 Jul 20
Sometimes you don't realise how much work your org has done until you go and actually look at it.

I was just asked to prepare a list of "everything @Common_Weal has published on housing".

We're not even a dedicated housing think-tank!

Thread. 1/
Good Houses for All -…
A proposal to use SNIB to fund social housing via long term bonds. Such housing would be built to passive energy standards, would require zero public subsidy and would cut the cost to buy, maintain and heat a house by around 40%. 2/
Housing 2040 Response -…
Our response to the Housing 2040 Consultation which particularly calls for housebuilding strategy to be based on wellbeing metrics over metrics such as GDP stimulus. 3/
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