Scottish Independence, then and now

Author / Creator: Nicola McEwen

Media type: Podcast

Date published: 2021

How have matters changed since 2014 as a result of Brexit and Covid?

Scotland's Covid Reckoning Part 2: Grace Blakeley

Author / Creator: Grace Blakeley

Media type: Podcast

Date published: 2024

The economics of lockdown, global trade and lockdown regimes.

Scotland's Covid Reckoning: 1 - Neil Findlay

Author / Creator: Neil Findlay

Media type: Podcast

Date published: 2024

Review of Covid pandemic response by the Scottish government

Agency and Helplessness and Scotland’s Future

Author / Creator: Bottom Line

Media type: Discussion Paper

Date published: 2022

n the last two years, Scotland has dealt with two of the biggest economic shocks in history, the health, social and economic consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic and Brexit.  

Covid or Brexit?

Author / Creator: Anand Menon

Media type: Report

Date published: October 2021

The short term economic disruption is largely due to Covid and is experienced throughout the world.  The UK faces structural adjustments that are down to Brexit and are likely, over the medium to long-term, to make the UK...poorer.

Scotland After the Virus

Author / Creator: Gerry Hassan

Media type: Book

Date published:

Is there an 'after the virus', or is covid-19 and a world of future pandemics simply something we will have to live with for an indefinite period of time? In all honesty, no one knows the answer to that, which is why it is so destabilising.

Understanding Scotland - Economy

Author / Creator: Mark Diffley

Media type: survey report

Date published: October 2021

People are feeling the financial sting of the pandemic. They are pessimistic about the economic and financial outlook. And with concern over rising prices. There is evidence of dissatisfaction with prevailing economic indicators and models. There is an appetite for a different economic settlement.

Understanding Scotland - Society

Author / Creator: Diffley Partnership

Media type: survey report

Date published: October 2021

A look at Scottish society as we emerge from the pandemic, and addresses the fundamental questions: Is Scotland on the right track? Where do we want to go as a country? And who do we trust to help us get there?

Scotland’s COVID inquiry must be credible, timely and thorough – here’s what needs to happen

Author / Creator: Andrew Watterson

Media type: News Media

Date published:

Four steps for a successful inquiry

No delays

Devolved matters only

What has worked and what hasn’t

Public respons


What are the implications of independence for public revenues and spending?

Author / Creator: Graeme Roy

Media type: Assessment report

Date published: 2021

There is no question that an independent Scotland could run a sustainable budget. But like the UK, an independent Scotland would face major fiscal challenges both in the short and long run. Based upon the latest data, an independent Scotland is likely to face greater challenges than the UK as a whole (at least in the short-term).

Ending Lockdown

Author / Creator: Craig Dalzell

Media type: Policy Paper

Date published:

This paper models the cost of a comprehensive testing-based strategy to limit the spread of Covid-19 in Scotland and to allow the country to emerge safely from its blanket lockdown.

The Predictable Crisis

Author / Creator: Nick Kempe

Media type: Policy Paper

Date published:

Common Weal investigates the impact of Covid-19 in Scottish Care homes and finds that the warnings about the weaknesses in pandemic preparation were repeatedly ignored with the result of causing “The single greatest failure in devolved government since the creation of the Scottish Parliament”

Concern Over Lack Of Testing

Author / Creator: Common Weal

Media type: News Item

Date published:

Common Weal’s Local Groups call for an increase in the ambition of its proposed Test, Trace, Isolate and Support plans.