Now or Never!

As we reach yet another milestone on the road to what I hope will be a historic, emphatic and proud two fingers held aloft to the British establishment on the 18th September, I feel that now is the time to reflect on the campaign so far and to prepare ourselves for the final, massive push in our quest to begin the journey to transform this country into a land to be proud to call home. 100 days to go. 100 days that will determine our, and the nation’s future forever.

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For a Modern Democratic Republic

The Scottish Socialist Party pamphlet ‘For a Modern Democratic Republic’ written by SSP national spokesperson Colin Fox, highlights the need for an elected, representative and accountable head of state as part of Scotland’s constitution. The book is available from our website, your local SSP branches priced £3.99, from our online shop for £5 (inc p&p). Here is a taste of the pamphlet’s contents.

“And is there anything more absurd than the hereditary principle? It is as absurd as the hereditary mathematician, or a hereditary poet laureate. The vanity and presumption of government from beyond the grave is the most ridiculous and indolent of tyrannies.” – Thomas Paine, The Rights of Man (1792).

Higher values

The SSP supports an independent socialist Scotland,

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Is a people’s ScotRail possible?

Roz Patersonby Roz Paterson

Happy new year to all public transport users! Alas, your numbers are dwindling, as new figures show that two thirds of working Scots eschew buses and trains in favour of commuting by car, a depressingly downward trend in public transport usage at a time when the effects of climate change are literally on our doorsteps, and a serious change in travel habits is urgently required.

What could curb our addiction to the car – a method of transport that, though costing the environment and human health dearly, often works out cheaper than any other form of commute, thanks to the drop, year on year, in car running and ownership costs?

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Why we support carbon rationing

Carbon rationing is a way of allocating the amount of carbon emissions every individual and company can emit such that everybody gets their fair share.

With this system, people who have low emissions (typically those on low incomes who cannot afford foreign holidays or afford to buy expensive cars or houses) will receive additional income for their unused allocation; whilst those who have expensive, and carbon intensive, lifestyles, will have to pay more.

Because everyone in society gets an equal share, it is a fair system.

Carbon rationing is an important tool to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and to avoid climate chaos. It allows us to pursue a policy of ‘contraction and convergence’’ – first proposed by Aubrey Mayer – whereby carbon emissions drop rapidly to sustainable levels (contraction) and the difference in emissions between rich and poor within countries,

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Why we campaign against nuclear power

The SSP is opposed to the construction of any new nuclear power stations, not least because of the risks of a devastating, Chernobyl-like nuclear accident, the ongoing problem of radioactive contamination, spelled out in leukaemia clusters and dying marine life, and the million-year migraine of how to dispose of hazardous nuclear waste, still unresolved some 50 years after the nuclear industry was established in the UK.

However, some environmentalists – including James Lovelock, the scientist and founder of the Gaia theory of the earth as a self-regulating mechanism – argue that nuclear power, for all its dangers, is the lesser of two evils in that at least it’s carbon neutral and offers a steady source of energy that won’t contribute to global warming.

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