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The Scottish Independence Podcast 136 – Robin McAlpine of The Common Weal

For the 136th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast, I spoke with Robin McAlpine.

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Robin is a political strategist and the Director of the Common Weal.

In the interview he doesn’t waste any time getting on to what the thinks Yes supporters ought to be getting on with, and there is certainly a lot to chew on in the interview.

We talked about both logistics and strategy and how they are both equally important. We also spoke of what messages we need to be sending out and how to react to the inevitable negative tactics we will face from the unionist side in the next referendum.

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The Scottish Independence Podcast 58 – Combine On Leith

BgjE8kFIMAAg-xGSorry for the truly dreadful title but the 58th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast comes from a recent Yes Leith/Edinburgh North West Event, and thanks to them for letting me reproduce it as a podcast.

It took place last month and the speakers were, in this order, Fiona Hyslop the Scottish culture secretary, Robin McAlpine from the Reid Foundation (here’s his new-ish blog too), Michelle Thomson from Business for Scotland and Colin Fox from the SSP (and he’s got a rather good line in his bit).

The question and answer session at the end is also worth listening to.

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The Scottish Independence Podcast 55 – Imagine A Better Scotland

Irvine Welsh Quotes Scottish IndependenceThe 55th episode of the Scottish Independence Podcast is the first of two that aren’t the usual interview format but rather some talks that are taken from here and there and will provide both useful information for campaigners, and I hope some enjoyable listening.

This one comes from an event a few weeks back in Kirkcaldy and the speakers were Alistair Bruce, who is involved with Yes Kirkcaldy, Ross Ingebrigtsen who is a communications director for the SNP, Robin McAlpine who is the director of the Reid Foundation (I also interviewed him here) and writer and former BBC journalist Lesley Riddoch, who, apart from the excellence of the talk itself, in this speech deals admirably with a heckler (I also interviewed her here).

It’s quite long so you might not want to listen to it in one go but I’d recommend that even if you do it all in parts, you try to get through it.

Also thanks to Two Thumbs Fresh Productio423438_401034069911469_152795628068649_1780331_2011463999_nns, for letting me reproduce it.

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All the other episodes here.

The Scottish Independence Podcast 41- Robin McAlpine (2)

Robin-McAlpineFor the 41st episode, Robin McAlpine is back on the Scottish Independence Podcast.

Robin, as if you didn’t already know, is the director of the Reid Foundation and the editor of Scottish Left Review.

We had a wide-ranging discussion on a number of issues surrounding the Independence Referendum, which also surprisingly included something about willow-coppicing, which is a thing I had never previously heard of.

We also talked about the Reid Foundation’s latest paper on industrial relations and how they could be done better with a different political culture, the kind of one that maybe, a newly independent country might have.

Robin also outlined some possible taxation options.

Who are the real opponents to Scottish Independence, the people you find around Westminster or their real masters?

Has the referendum begun to create a new political community in Scotland that, regardless of the result in this referendum, will guarantee change in the future?

Why won’t it get better for Better Together?

Find out some answers to all these in the podcast, which also includes my homage to Kirsty Wark, Queen of Interviewers.

Also, Robin would lreid-logo-1ike to invite you all along to the Common Weal launch party at The Arches in Glasgow on Sunday afternoon.

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The Scottish Independence Podcast 34 – The Common Weal

20130902162110-cw-proclaimersThis episode of the Scottish Independence Podcast is the audio from an excellent speech in The Cladhan Hotel in Falkirk by Robin McAlpine of the Reid Foundation.

In the speech he outlines the Common Weal vision for Scotland.

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For A’ That 27 – The Old Man And Hoy

For this week’s episode of For A’ That Andrew were joined by Robin McAlpine of the Reid Foundation.

Up for discussion were the accusations of abuse being aimed at Chris Hoy. What constitutes verbal abuse and what constitutes mere disagreement? Does everyone need to calm down a bit or are there certain people that seem to be stoking these fiAt_-SCuCIAEQevNres a little more than others?

Is corporation tax and its possible reduction one of your priorities in an Independent Scotland? Would you like to see it or do you think it’d be a bad idea? Actually, do the SNP even think it is a good idea? Robin had some interesting ideas on that.

Is English nationalism so bad? Why shouldn’t the English be allowed to rediscover themselves?

Finally, Nigel Fauxrage is going to be back in town. Will/should he get the same reaction as before?

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Enjoy

Michael Greenwell

P.S. In case you missed there was a Scottish Independence Podcast this week as well with the National Convenor of the Scottish Socialist Party, Colin Fox. You can get that one here.

The Scottish Independence Podcast Episode 13 – Robin McAlpine

For Episode 13 I spoke with Robin McAlpine who, amongst other things, is the editor of Scottish Left Review and the director of the advocacy group The Reid Foundation.

Democracy was a big theme in the discussion and we spoke about the importance of mapping out the stages of the independence process and how democracy is key in every part of that. We also talked about the weakness of local democracy in Britain in general and Scotland in particular and how this is something that needs changing.

Furthermore, we talked about the hollowing out of democracy that has been successfully carried out by the neoliberal institutions and why Scottish Independence will help to at least improve this situation.

A very interesting point on why it is crucial not to allow cultural arguments to be removed from the Independence debate is in there somewhere as well.

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