How a Common Weal approach can end poverty in Scotland

No More Excuses

Aug 18, 2013 2 Comments

 A report which looks at the causes and responses to poverty in Scotland

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A report which looks at the sources and responses to poverty in Scotland

2 Responses to “No More Excuses”

  1. John Scott says:

    The report, ‘No More Excuses’, lacks economic or political credibility. It states that poverty must be ‘fixed economically’ but fails to give a convincing explanation of how this will be achieved. The report sees the future as one where Scotland will have a high-skill and high-pay economy. Almost every country in the UN shares this ambition. Unhappily, there is no explanation of what sort of jobs these will be. Will they be manufacturing ? If so, making what ? In services ? If so, which services ? What jobs will revive Wishaw, Kilmarnock, Dumbarton and similar post-industrial towns ? Scotland has 26 enterprises per 1,000 people. Sweden has 67. There is no indication of how Scotland will come to equal the enterprize of Sweden. Instead, the report tells us that ‘community spaces must be prioritized so that people can work together.’
    This is the language of the Bennite left in the 1980s. The voters showed no enthusiasm for it then. Since the economic crisis of 2008, the left has failed to seize the initiative. This report does not suggest this is about to change.

  2. Shoemarx says:

    I disagree ‘every country in the UN shares the ambition’ of having a high pay high skill economy. Our country staggers along in its disasterous state becouse of our economic model, one set up to benefit the few at the expense of the many – its called capitalism! The Common Weal vision sets out an alternative, what jobs could there be? Really? How about Green energy and renewables, tourism, a revived and confident cultural scene, manufacturing (why not?), agriculture to name a few. Don’t believe Thatcher, there ARE alternatives to Neoliberal politics of competition and greed. We can do it differently. The Left has failed to seize the initiative in a parliamentary sense becuse the Left is represented by Labour! Labour is chasing the Holy Grail of middle England votes therefore has no interest in progressive politics there as conservative as the Tories. I don’t think Scottish Labour really merit a mention after Lamont’s ‘something for nothing’ comments. Another reason we need indpendence. Step away from the relentless negativity of the mainstream media, the Tories and Labour, we have the people, we have the means and we have the will to do things differently, we just need to say Yes to begin the process.

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