Monthly Archives: December 2013

The next stage of the Common Weal project

Posted by Euan Bennet on 09/12/2013

The Common Weal project recently ran a successful fundraising drive on Indiegogo – this new website is the first result of that. It details the alternative future available only with a Yes vote next year. Austerity is *not* the only possibility – with a bit of imagination and effort we can create a better society then we have at the moment.

There’s plenty to digest on this site alone, and there will be lots more to come on this. To briefly mention the political dimension: at least three pro-independence political parties have formally endorsed the Common Weal – none of the pro-Union parties are in favour of it. To be honest, it’s self-evident from party policies which ones would support the concept of building society differently.

As always, I am happy to direct people to other resources such as (relevant to this) the detailed papers written by the Jimmy Reid Foundation or the current Scottish Government proposals and official data.

As has been said before: for those undecided as well as those leaning towards Yes or No; read what is being proposed by supporters of independence, look at what supporters of the Union are presenting as their vision, and compare the two.

“For 40 years Scotland has suffered from ‘me first’ politics – and we all came second. This game of ‘winner takes all’ made the rich richer and the powerful more powerful still. But it left the rest of us in low pay and insecurity with declining public services and fragmenting communities.

There is an alternative. Other countries believe that ‘to build more we must share more’. They have created a politics based on working together, where the many benefit and not just the few. They are wealthier, fairer, more equal, more productive, more innovative, more competitive – and their people are happier.

Common Weal wants this kind of society for Scotland. We can build a better economy based on indigenous businesses that make things and on good and productive relations between workers and employers.

That economy will create better quality jobs that will make our people more prosperous.

Prosperous people can then sustain a great welfare state, and that will bring the social cohesion that makes people healthier and happier. Our national resources will be used to benefit all our citizens. Our core infrastructure will be owned collectively and the profits shared.

And by trusting in real democracy we will let the people make their own decisions, taking our future out of the hands of unelected vested interests.

There is always more than one possible future. Choose a Common Weal future.”