Where And By Whom Should Decisions About Scotland Be Made?

On 3 August 2022 two of our members went to the Wigtown Agricultural Show and shared a pitch with friends from the local SNP branch.  The Dgp4indy members took with them a "Dot Board" which posed the question of whether decisions about Scotland are better made in Westminster or in Scotland.  Passers by were buttonholed randomly and invited to put a dot on the board to indicate their preference.  The overwhelming view was that decisions about Scotland should be made in Scotland.  A picture of the final board is attached.  

The final count was that Westminster got 9 votes, 5 people were undecided, but 188 voted for Scotland!  Out of 202 votes cast less than 5% wanted to have decisions about Scotland made in Westminster.  And Dumfries and Galloway normally tends to vote Tory!  Interestingly a number of people who put dots on the board were English folk (their opinion is also valid of course) who said that they had either moved to Scotland to escape the madness and hardening right wing attitudes down south, or were considering doing so.

Decisions About Scotland Should Be Taken By Those Who Live Here

“Decisions about Scotland should be taken by those who live here – not by politicians we don’t vote for or unelected Lords. That’s why Scotland needs independence – and Westminster politicians cannot continue to stand in the way of the democratic right of the people of Scotland to choose a better future. There will soon come a time when the opposition will have to engage in the substance of the independence argument. It will then be for them to explain why Westminster control would be better than the full powers of independence where Scotland takes our own decisions.”

How Would Energy Be Cheaper In An Independent Scotland?

"At the moment, the UK’s power supply is managed in a way that suits the needs of the south of England. That is where the UK Dept of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is based; Ofgem, National Grid and all of the decision-makers in the UK’s energy strategy.  They have presided over a situation where producing renewable energy and smart storage in Scotland is effectively disincentivised: it’s expensive to connect to the grid; there are delays; permission may be refused. UK decision-makers have chosen instead to pour billions into nuclear energy plants, even though they are much more expensive than renewables and have high decommissioning costs. They have also sunk more billions into importing gas.  The new grid investment proposal is aimed at enabling the UK to bring in more cheap energy from Scotland. It is welcome but it is not enough to solve the problems of planning for a bright energy future for Scotland. It is not focused on supporting Scotland to make the most of its huge energy potential, or ensuring Scotland’s people benefit from shared resources. With independence, Scotland could do a much better job."

If Scotland Leaves The UK...

Almost (but not quite) beyond belief. The arch unionist Murdo Fraser MSP spills the beans on why Westminster is desperate not to lose Scotland. Please share and, if you can bear it, watch and listen to Mr Fraser.

Please Sign Our Petition

We all know that electricity prices will rise massively. This will have a disproportionate effect on older people like me, and other  less well off individuals, eg the unemployed and the low waged. But it will also have an effect on the economy due to higher utility costs for businesses. It is estimated that rises in costs of over 100% will not be uncommon.

We call on Government to take active steps now to protect the most vulnerable in our society, and the economy in general, by tackling the causes of these rises at source. Government has the power to cap prices, by using the money that we, the taxpayers give them. They need to focus on the health and welfare of the 99% of people who will be hardest hit by these rises-the older age group, the low waged, the more vulnerable, the housebound. Government exists to act on behalf of those who elect them.  We cannot continue to live in conditions where people have to chose between heating and eating, or are being asked to give up things that the better off can take for granted. The more of us who make our voices heard on this subject, the more likely that Parliament will have to take action.

Billions have been spent on failed projects. Time to spend our money on things that will have a real benefit.