During this year’s Scottish Labour Party conference, I had a passing conversation with a long term Fabian and former Labour staffer who made the following remark:
“We’re not looking far enough into the future. For us we’re only looking as far as Jeremy’s speech. Where’s our 100 year plan for Scotland?”
I felt that this idea was very interesting as – without sounding like a Rodgers and Hammerstein show tune – we have got to have a long term dream, because if we do not have a long term dream, then how are we going to have our long term dream come true?
So who could begin work on a 100 year plan for Scotland? The Fabian Society is at the forefront of developing political ideas and public policy on the left, so who better than Scottish Fabian members to start bringing together ideas for a plan?
When designing and implementing a strategic plan it is important to have a clear understanding of the organisation’s values, as these will create a guide for everything the organisation wants to achieve. In the Scottish Labour Party we have to look no further than Clause IV of our rule book. Very clearly the Scottish Labour Party states that it is a democratic socialist party that believes in social justice, that by the strength of our common endeavour we achieve more than we achieve alone and that power, wealth and opportunity should be in the hands of the many, not the few.
In addition to values we need vision. Going back to Clause IV, Scottish Labour wish to represent the people of Scotland and seeks the trust of the Scottish people to govern. To that end, Scottish Labour seeks to work for the patriotic interest of the people of Scotland, with a permanent and powerful Scottish Parliament, with decisions on policy that is devolved to the Scottish Parliament, decided by the Scottish Labour Party.
With regard to policy, Scottish Labour aim to create for each of us the means to realise our true potential and to put power, wealth and opportunity in the hands of the many not the few. Furthermore, Scottish Labour wish to engage with the Scottish people to create policy in Scotland for a just society, a prosperous economy, a vibrant cultural life, and a more sustainable, democratic Scotland. In addition to this Scottish Labour seek to work across the UK and internationally, to unlock the potential of all and to create a fairer society. Finally, to achieve this all, Scottish Labour seek to work with trade unions and the co-operative movement, and the third sector.
Now we are certain of our values and vision, it is over to you. What policies should we seek to bring in to achieve Scottish Labour’s vision? What opportunities and threats may arise over the coming 100 years and what strategies should Scottish Labour prepare to deal with them?
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