The Scottish Greens launched their manifesto for the 2015 General Election today, and while we aren’t standing a candidate in East Renfrewshire at this election, we thought we should share it with you here in the hope of getting you excited about the possibility of voting for us in future elections.
Plus, even if our fellow East Renfrewshire residents aren’t able to vote Green this time round, like us you will almost certainly know folk who are, so why not CLICK HERE TO READ OUR GENERAL ELECTION MANIFESTO IN FULL.
The manifesto – “An economy for the people, a society for all” – is built around three main themes:
EQUALITY NOT POVERTY
– £10 minimum wage
PUBLIC SERVICES IN PUBLIC HANDS
– publicly-owned railways
POWER TO COMMUNITIES
– more powers for Scotland and local communities
There’s a lot more to it than that though! Taking into account our policy on wage ratios, our commitments to a workers’ right to co-operate and citizens income, and our proposals to reform the banking and energy sectors so they benefit the many rather than the few, you have a vision for a society that values people and planet over profit.
Councillor Maggie Chapman, Scottish Greens co-convener, said:
“With a £10 minimum wage we could ensure no-one works in a job that keeps them in poverty. By rolling back benefits cuts and lifting the punishing sanctions regime, we can restore a society with compassion. And with real powers devolved to Scotland and to local communities we can put people not big business in control.”
Peter McColl, Scottish Green MP candidate for the target seat of Edinburgh East, said:
“Scottish Green MPs would tackle wealth inequality with a tax on the richest 1 per cent; we would return the railways to public ownership to invest in decent public transport; and we’d oppose the TTIP corporate power grab which others are allowing to threaten our public services and environmental protections. Our clear, principled stance on such issues is connecting with voters across Scotland.”