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.
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).
The SSP supports an independent socialist Scotland,
by 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?
You can watch Colin Fox outline the SSP’s view of the Scottish Government’s Independence White Paper here filmed at last weekends excellent Scottish Socialist Voice Forum
This article is a brief summary of the startup and running costs, of implementing the Scottish Socialist Party’s flagship free public transport policy.
Cost of public ownership
The Glasgow Underground and Lothian Buses are already in the public sector, though they would need to be re-organised.
The three major targets for public ownership would be First Bus, Stagecoach and ScotRail. This would bring the main transport providers into social ownership.
A big chunk of the transport infrastructure is already publicly-owned and funded, including bus stations, bus shelters, railway stations and the rail track.
However, the buses run by First and Stagecoach would have to be purchased and the workforce transferred to Scotland’s local authorities.
We want Scotland’s wealth shared out more equally
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,