For independence and democracy: Scottish Socialist Party election manifesto 2011
Scottish Socialist Party broadcast.
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In a devolved Scotland the SSP is committed to implementing the following:
■ For a Yes vote in any independence referendum.
■ The introduction of participatory democracy at community
level by establishing local assemblies with the power to make and veto
decisions that affect their community.
■ An increase in the maximum number of councillors per ward from 4 to 6, to allow greater proportionality and more representative local government.
We will also campaign for the following measures, which are not within the Scottish Parliament’s powers:
■ A directly elected Constitutional Assembly, representative of
Scotland’s regional, gender and ethnic diversity to draw up options for
a new constitution for Scotland, which would be put to a further
■ A nuclear-free Scotland that is outside of NATO.
■ Military spending to be reduced to no more than the per
capita level of the Republic of Ireland, which would mean slashing the
defence budget by £2.5 billion.
■ A new relationship with the European Union which would safeguard Scotland’s independence.
■ All individuals living in Scotland to be entitled to full Scottish citizenship, irrespective of national origin.
■ A socialist Scotland based on the principles of equality, democracy, liberty, generosity and solidarity.
■ The abolition of the monarchy and all its structural and
ideological supports, including the offensive ceremony whereby elected
MSPs are forced to swear an oath of allegiance to an unelected monarch.
■ No unelected second chamber.
■ All elections to be conducted under a genuinely proportional
system, and the scrapping of the anti-democratic ﬁrst-past-the-post
■ The reduction of the voting and candidacy age to 16.
■ The extension of the right to vote to people who are homeless and to those who are in prison.
■ Participatory democracy in the workplace.
■ Support for the open source software movement and for all
public bodies to use open source software where available and
■ Greater use of referenda to allow ordinary people a say in controversial decisions.