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What We’re Thinking

The Scottish Socialist Party is built on social solidarity and the spirit of resistance to oppression, injustice and nasty con tricks that strangle communities and people’s lives.

Life can be better than this. We have the resources, the know-how, we could be building a world based on people, not profit. We can, and should, be expanding the public sector, because more and more of us need it, and it creates jobs and training, it holds communities together and it supports families.

We should take key industries and infrastructure like the railways into the public sector, and ensure that they are democratically accountable to everyone – by ensuring elected agreements are kept, and involve passengers and workers.

The Scottish Socialist Party presents straightforward modern socialism – collective solutions to ensure society progresses and enshrining politics of equality for all – as the way forward.

Free, healthy, nutritious school meals for each child.

We should raise the minimum wage to – two-thirds median male income – £10 an hour.

Free public transport – to combat congestion and bring communities together.

We should be raising the minimum wage, because we can afford to do this, through cutbacks in the defence budget and the raising of taxes on the rich, and because it helps to build strong, local economies.

We should be holding onto our schools and community halls, not closing them down like we were going out of business. We should be feeding our children healthy, locally sourced food, not the nutritionally deficient rubbish cooked up by the lowest bidder.

We should be spearheading an ambitious home-building programme, because it not only reduces the social housing waiting list, it creates skilled jobs and means less public money wasted on private landlords.

We should be investing in sustainable energy and a fully comprehensive, free public transport system, not building nuclear power stations and motorways.

The single biggest obstacle to the Scottish people building a better society is the British State, the Westminster regime, the Crown Powers.

Genuine independence for Scotland can only come from a break up of the British State but until we get to that point the Scottish Socialist Party campaigns for a programme that can be achieved if our society is run for people, not profit.

Painting a future fit for all.

Painting a future fit for all.

How are our policies written, agreed and decided?

The simple answer is: our members write the policy platform of the Scottish Socialist Party. We are a democratic socialist party – and this democracy extends to our decision making process in defining policies.

Before each of our national conferences, all of our branches ask their members to submit motions for consideration by the branch. The branch agrees to the motion, or it falls. The agreed motions are collected by the National Secretary and distributed back to all branches for subsequent consideration and possible amendment. These amendments are sent back to the National Secretary.

At the national conference, the attending members are given full text of all the policy motions and proposed amendments. The proposers and amendment-makers speak to the conference to argue their case. The floor is open to anyone who wishes to support or debate the merit of the motion or amendment, and lively comradely consensus and argument is encouraged.

For each motion and amendment, the conference is asked whether they agree or disagree. Each member indicates their approval and disapproval through a show of hands. In a tight vote, appointed tellers do a detailed count.

Branches propose and discuss motions for conference.

The motions are presented at conference.

A show of hands indicates whether the motion stands or falls.

Photos: Craig Maclean

What are the party’s policies?

You can find our statute books here. It’s a fairly lengthy collection of policies, grouped by category.


What about when you run for election?

The Scottish Socialist Party publishes manifestos prior to each contested parliamentary election. Some of our manifestos are here for you to read and enjoy. Imagine a better, socialist society.

2015 General Election

2011 Holyrood

2007 Manifesto

2007 Holyrood

2003 Manifesto

2003 Holyrood