Although the Scottish Democratic Alliance did not enter the fray of the General Election, we are not without appropriate policies for the governance of Scotland, but those are purely structured on the basic premise of the soon to be realised Independence for Scotland. Our subjects will be manifesto points put out by other political parties, often impossibilities like no cuts but yet more borrowing and all promising a "fairer" society.
Independence - is an arrogant UK Prime Minister empowered to prohibit another Referendum? Would another so-called Edinburgh Agreement have any standing in International law?
European Union - does the SG realise that ca 100,000 Scots did elect the first Scottish UKIP MEP? UKIP refers to a pure trading arrangement with Europe but does not seem to know about EFTA.
Currency - to pay for it all. At the Referendum the SG failed to spell out which currency an independent Scotland would use. If Scotland would opt for EU membership, its rules dictate that each EU-member state should have its own Central Bank which perforce would have to issue and create a new sovereign currency.
Taxation - where the basis for a truly fairer society has to be laid. Land Value Rent will be a key factor here.
Energy - what is the ideal energy generation mixture going to be? Linked to a nationwide transmission grid or constructed around communal requirements? There are positive prospects for the implementation of Tesla's principles.
NATO/defence - is NATO the best organisation to belong to for our security needs? Membership could entail being requested to commit Scottish armed forces to fight overseas against "enemies" that we really have no issue with?
We will not be able to cover all aspects beforeMay 7but the election results will no doubt new policy points will come to the fore. Just watch this space"
Rent-rich Scotland: the Best Case Scenario
On Thursday, 21st May, 9.40 am for 10.00 am to 4.00 pm
The National Piping Centre
30-34, McPhater Street, Glasgow, G4 0HW
The presentations and discussions will explore the benefits from expanding the Scottish economy by funding government out of Land Rent Revenues.
Speakers to include: Derek Pretswell, Patrick Harvie, Roger Sandilands, Fred Harrison, Duncan Pickard, Ronnie Morrison, Robert Ingram, Ray Sheath and Robin McAlpine.
Scotland’s most valuable resources are its people and their land, rural and urban. Competitive demand for that land creates ever-increasing land values and a related stream of unearned rental incomes for its private owners. These community-created rents are our common birthright and ought to be the primary source of government revenue. Instead, we resort to taxes on earned incomes, greatly harming productive work and enterprise. Then unearned incomes are retained and are the source of growing inequality, injustice, resentment, and recurrent financial crises. Rebalancing the financial system would give us the more prosperous and contented nation we need and deserve.
And We're Back - SDA is stronger and more determined to be an alternative National Party for Scotland
The SDA has now belatedly held its Annual General Meeting and has started a new chapter fully transitioning from a think tank to an active political party. Our meeting agreed to promote and instill in members an ethos that the SDA ascribes to the ideals of consensus, compromise, tolerance, openness, transparency, respect for others and a commitment to the party. Collectively the National Council were heartened by all of the positive responses and pleased to see that there is a renewed sense of optimism.
At the Annual General Meeting we reaffirmed our core beliefs.
1. Scottish Independence from the United Kingdom.
2. Scottish Independence from the European Union.
3. That the SDA draws it's common sense policies from both the left and the right.
Watch for more exciting news coming soon.