The challenges of the 21st century require radical action. Climate crisis, automation, inequality, the instability of capitalism, the eroding of democracy and the long-term consequences of Coronavirus mean we need real change, not more of the same.
Recovery and real change go hand-in-hand, but the Tories, the SNP and the Labour Party are only offering more of the same. The Scottish Socialist Party promises real change. With socialist representation, everybody benefits. The SSP has a proven record of standing up for working-class communities in Scotland. We:
- Introduced Holyrood legislation ending poindings and warrant sales.
- Introduced legislation ending prescription charges in Scotland.
- Introduced legislation providing free school meals to every school pupil.
- Pioneered radical arguments for drugs decriminalisation.
- Kept our promise that our MSPs will only take home the equivalent of the wage of the average worker they represent.
- Played a crucial role, as key members of Yes Scotland and the Radical Independence Campaign, in shaping the independence movement into a positive vision for a radically transformed Scotland.
- Oppose illegal and unjust wars, from Tony Blair to Donald Trump.
- Have unflinchingly supported workers taking industrial action.
- Have put our members at the heart of the winning campaign within the Trade Union movement for a higher minimum wage for all over 16, for the abolition of zero-hour contracts, and public ownership as the alternative to private profiteering.
Now, and in 2021, we are bringing forward plans for a publicly-owned National Care Service and to scrap the regressive Council Tax. We’re campaigning to build 100,000 Council homes per year to fix Scotland’s housing crisis and for a Socialist Green New Deal. We’re winning a better deal for workers, and building the movement for an independent, socialist Scotland.
To ensure that everybody’s needs are met, and to ensure we pass on a sustainable future to the next generation, we need a radical rethink of our economy – building a publicly-owned, needs-based economy as the basis for future prosperity, and putting people and planet before profit.
Real change requires the leadership of the organised working class in communities, workplaces, and government – not the bosses, the billionaires, or capitalism.
In 2016, nearly one million votes were wasted by the “Both Votes SNP” strategy. The proportional representation system makes it difficult for parties who win a lot of constituency seats to also win regional/list seats. Boris Johnson’s Scottish Conservatives have benefited from this mistake. The result is a paralysed Parliament, and devolved leadership unable or unwilling to explore radical solutions to the crises we face.
Let’s make our politics radical again.