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the common weal

The common good of public society; the welfare of the general public. Having ousted the dictator from power, the new president has pledged to focus all his energy on the common weal.
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Our difference of opinion amounts to this, that you make the mainspring self-interest, while I suppose that interest in the common weal is bound to exist in every man of a certain degree of advancement.
He is gay and thoughtless, takes little heed of landmarks, depends upon his leaders and companions to think for the common weal, and, if left to himself, is easily perplexed and lost.
Yet the old self-contained national entities continue to flourish, and enrich the common weal. The nuances of culture and politics are not mutually exclusive.
Craig Dalzell, head of policy and research at the Common Weal think-tank, which is part of the Revive coalition, said: "Our research into alternative visions for grouse moors discovered every reasonable alternative use provided more in the way of economic value to the Scottish economy than shooting birds does.
Gabe Cook will be on hand to discuss the trade at the launch party of Common Weal Cider which aims to create cider and juice from waste apples.
We need a true retrieval of the common weal that universally values the interdependency of all humans at the beginning and end of life.
Robin McAlpine, head of the influential Common Weal think tank, even believes "permanent damage" has been done to the independence campaign.
Despite the mass radicalisation of the 2014 campaign and post-referendum efforts of groups like Common Weal, the Scottish Independence Convention and Rise, promises of an expanded public square have not materialised.
Think tank Common Weal has suggested that an independent Scotland should have its own central bank, which would create hundreds of jobs and pay for itself within a few years.
Wilson also dips into unsavory wartime labor unrest-strikes and seizures that contradict the notion that all America put shoulders to the common weal in patriotic unity.
from public coffers, egregiously unmindful of common weal. These twin problems aggravate social inequality in our country.
The stalling of the Canada trade deal with Europe - certainly a simpler one than ours is likely to be - over an issue to do with the Walloon Parliament in Belgium shows where the power will lie: with politicians who will behave as politicians sometimes do, with parochial interests triumphing over the common weal.
Guests will include Natalie Bennett, leader of the Green Party, Peter McFadyen, author of Flatpack Democracy and Robin McAlpine from Common Weal, a 'think and do tank' campaigning for social and economic equality in Scotland.
The hopes of the independence generation, of "the third Scotland" and of the energies and idealism of Common Weal, Women for Independence, Radical Independence Campaign and artists and cultural figures needs to be rekindled.