whatnobeer - Member
What policies do you suggest Scotland adopts to make it more prosperous if the SNP ones are found to be wanting ?
I've not really thought about it, it's not my job and I don't have the time, that's the job of the opposition parties. Who knows what policies would be on offer. All I can say is that I'd rather have the opportunity to change the system we're in than stick with the same old shite we currently put up with.
That is precisely my point, you won't be changing the system at all. That opportunity isn't being offered.
It's the current neoliberal economic model that's at fault, and you can do all the tinkering to it that you want with free prescription and child care and whatever, but the present system will remain as it is and the super rich will continue to get richer while everyone else will continue to receive less of the nation's wealth.
If you can't stomach the thought of socialism but want to tackle growing inequality in a meaningful way then your options are limited to a social-democratic Keynesian model.
But as I have already pointed out Keynesian solutions are illegal under EU rules and the EU will insist that Scotland includes the European Fiscal Compact/the Treaty on Stability, Coordination and Governance in the Economic and Monetary Union, in its new written constitution. As well as issuing directives written by unelected bureaucrats forcing Scotland to open up its markets to "competition"
What Alex Salmond is offering is social-democratic welfare provisions married to neoliberal economics, ie, tax cuts while at the same time greater government spending, without apparently any sort of deficit, the politics of fantasy land. He might as well promise the moon.
He will deliver on the neoliberal side of the offer as he has very little choice to do otherwise (although the corporation tax war is unnecessary and will simply make things worse) but he won't deliver the egalitarian social-democratic dream that he's also offering.
If you want a more just society where the nation's wealth is more fairly distributed then I would suggest a bit more class conscious and unity, and a little less pointless petty nationalism (which isn't the same as patriotism btw)
seosamh77 - Member
There are options a, b, c, d, e and f.
Yeah I've heard Alex Salmond say that, but there aren't ..... he's clearly lying.
Plan A was currency union with Westminster, then after that there is using the pound sterling without agreement, issuing a Scottish currency, or adopting the Euro, and that's it. Which takes us to Plan D.
There is no plan E or F and there can't be any plan E or F. Alex Salmond is a liar who wants people to think that he has all the answers (even though he won't tell them what they are) and that all they need to do is trust him.
Still, it won't be the first time that a liar has won an election.