100 ideas for a new Scotland
Sarah Boyack MSP fulfils the promise she made at her leadership campaign launch to publish 100 ideas suggested to her during the campaign.
I launched my campaign for Scottish Labour Leader on Friday 7th November, and signaled my intention to listen to the multiple conversations taking place in post-referendum Scotland about the nation’s future, many of which are difficult but essential for Scottish Labour to hear.
I have listened to people up and down the country about their ideas and suggestions. You will see in my 100 ideas and in the articles in my blog my passion to empower local communities and give them more influence in their day to day lives. I’ve listened not just to those with the loudest voices, but to all of those with an interest in taking Scotland forward.
At that launch event I promised, by the end of the campaign, to publish 100 new ideas that I believe needed to be debated to improve people’s lives and to make Scotland a better place to live. These aspirations would need to be paid for. This is not necessarily just a question of fairer taxation, but through growing a more sustainable economy and investing in infrastructure.
This document provides a flavour of the policy areas which make up the 100 ideas that have featured most strongly in my discussions over the last month. During the leadership contest we’ve also seen the Smith Agreement strengthen the devolution settlement with significantly increased powers and accountability for the Scottish Parliament. Scottish Labour now needs to say how we’d use those powers.
Invariably, a document such as this can only cover so much detail – if you’re interested in reading more on my reflections, then please do look through the list of blog posts that I’ve written throughout the campaign, which can be accessed here: www.sarahboyack4leader.com/campaign-blog
If elected Scottish Labour Leader, these are the ideas I would prioritise.
I would set up a new project (to mirror the work done by the Smith Commission in 1994) to take these ideas forward, which would look at social justice in the context of the 21st century, and the enormous changes that have taken place: Labour’s Social Justice Project.