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4. Table of Indicative Statements

 

Information gathered in the People & Parliament exercise exists at three levels. The primary data is the original response forms. Secondary data comprises what we have described as “indicative statements” in our discernment methodology - see section 0.3 of this report. And tertiary data is the analysis based upon that, as has just been presented in the pages above.

 

The remainder of this report presents the secondary data. Accordingly, the following page comprises the chart of tables by which statements were classified into both coding frame and category identifiers. This allows interpretation of codes given in the Table of Indicative Statements which follows. After that, the Table of Origins indicates who responded. In using this, please refer to the caveat stated in section 0.5 on attribution of statements. Finally, the report concludes with a statistical analysis.


 

Table of Question Response Categories (Ca)

Decimal

Questions 1 & 2

Question 3

 

 

 

.1

Environment & Place

Values

.2

Community & Belonging

Conduct

.3

Ethnic Identity

Participation

.4

Values and Characteristics

Representation

.5

Public Sector

Political Education

.6

Private Sector

Communication

.7

Social Exclusion

Sectors (Public & Private)

.8

Political Process

Local Governance

.9

National Stature

International Relations

 

 

Table of Group Identification Categories

 

 

These columns apply to the Table of Indicative Statements. Each group has been allocated a reference number followed by the number of people it claimed to comprise or represent - e.g. 359-7 means group 359 claimed 7 members.

This column applies to Table of Origins. It also signifies G and O from columns 2-3 under category GO.

 

 

 

 

Pc - Postcode

Column deleted from published report to protect privacy, but postcode statistics are provided.

G - Gender

Applied only where single gender is indicated

O - Other

Sorts for chosen distinctive characteristics

T - Type

This identifies type of respondent for presenting profile of who responded. This is interpolated from groups’ own descriptions of themselves. Self-descriptions may be modified to protect identity if vulnerable.

 

 

 

 

 

f - female

d - disabled

c - community orgs

 

m - male

e - ethnic minority

r - religious

 

 

o - older people

f - family/neighbours

 

 

y - young (youth)

p - professional groups

 

 

 

v - individuals

 

 

 

s - schools/youth

 

 

 

l - political/govt.

 

 

 

i - industry

 

 

 

? - unspecified


 

Table of Indicative Statements

(Sorted by Category)

 

Group, Number in it and Indicative Statement

Ca

G

O

219-0 We love living in Scotland - it has a social outcome that meets the needs of all of us - old, teens, young, etc.. If it gets too much you can go up to the hills and have nothing but your own thoughts.

1.1

 

 

230-14 We very much appreciate the qualities of life in the north-east of Scotland.

1.1

 

o

010-2 ... who care for Scotland and its lovely scenery, its wildlife and how nature is being destroyed to make way for human needs.

1.1

f

y

067-4 [Our] countryside [is] green [with] fresh air; we are not over-populated.

1.1

 

 

076-5 ... are proud to be Scottish, proud of our own beliefs, proud of our heritage and of our beautiful scenery.

1.1

 

y

304-87 We [as landowners and managers in Moray] promote high standards of management and use of land... Ensure that legislation and Government polices affecting land ownership are prepared with proper consideration for the responsibilities and rights of landowners, in addition to the well-being of rural communities, the environment and the widest public interest.

1.1

 

 

263-4 We value Scotland for its quality of life because of open spaces, clean air, mountainous landscapes, wilderness, wildlife, undeveloped landscape, sense of community - where you feel you belong, where you can make a difference, where you count, and [have]  local cultural identity.

1.1

 

 

407-10 When we think of Scotland we think mostly of the countryside, the lochs and mountains and cold wet weather.

1.1

 

d

162-14 ... who care about our countryside and environment and people living in remote areas. We are concerned about out-of-town shopping and housing developments eating away at our land.

1.1

 

 

105-4 We appreciate the beauty of the Scottish countryside and want it preserved (used but NOT abused) along with our heritage and culture.

1.1

 

y

023-15 ... do not even own our own land.

1.1

 

d

071-5 ... want to make the most of our scenery and don’t want it to be destroyed.

1.1

 

y

050-8 [Value] our natural beauty and resources and our spirit of equality and welcome.

1.1

 

 

258-3 We are proud of our heritage and our race... Our natural resources have been robbed. For the future we want to safeguard this.

1.1

 

 

362-0 Living in Scotland, we can take a “break from it all” and find solitude and peace in the countryside, which is never far away.

1.1

m

y

363-2 We enjoy living in Scotland because of the scenery, the community structure which is essential to Scotland’s culture and the excellent sporting opportunities, because it is not a crime under Scottish law to walk on private land as long as you don’t damage it.

1.1

 

y

243-0 A better quality of life for ALL and boat races on the Clyde.

1.1

 

 

307-4 Protect the environment (e.g. dog messing).

1.1

m

 

398-6 We are a proud and friendly people who live in a cold and wet country.

1.1

 

d

245-30 We are people who seek a balanced view of the world and our place within it; who question the wisdom of allowing freedom of action where such action is detrimental to the environment  (i.e. unsustainable); who believe that the people of Scotland are capable of achieving a balance between conservation and development which would be the envy of Europe but for the fact that they are ill informed and often misled by those who stand to profit from the silence of the majority.

1.1

 

 

169-2 We appreciate the stability and security of living in Scotland. We also enjoy its variety of peoples, cultures and beauty. There is a spaciousness which can be experienced either where we live or within a reasonable distance. This space is able to help keep things in perspective and gives peace.

1.1

 

 

085-5 ... tolerate terrible weather and poor health but we enjoy being among the beautiful scenery.

1.1

 

d

098-3 We enjoy the familiarity of the people and places of Scotland.

1.1

 

 

309-6 We love the spaciousness, the beautiful scenery and the community spirit which still exists in Scotland.

1.1

 

 

229-1 ... believes that land in Scotland ... does not belong to individuals apart from their houses and immediately surrounding grounds [and that] drug addiction is a tragic symptom of a self-seeking society without aims, beliefs or a moral code.

1.1

f

o

241-0 We believe in God and our neighbours. This fundamental belief infiltrates all aspects of life and results in more care and compassion. Occasionally this fails, but the general situation is hopeful.

1.2

 

 

122-7 At times we [mainly incomers] appear to be intent on division rather than unity.

1.2

 

 

153-3 ... who care about maintaining a unique Scottish national identity, the collective feeling, the self-awareness, the radical tendencies, the citizens of Europe. We also have our divisions though (East-West; North-South; class) and the inferiority complex, or is it underdog mentality?

1.2

m

y

081-5 We are proud of our country and still carry out traditional events and culture.

1.2

f

y

249-7 We feel that the Family Unit is crucial and Society should engender the right climate to develop stable family relationships.

1.2

 

 

283-50 ... who are happy living in Scotland with our friends and family. We think that Scotland is a rich place.

1.2

 

d

176-0 ... are concerned that issues in Dumfries and Galloway do not receive the equivalent attention to those of the Central Belt.

1.2

 

 

020-12 ... who care about the future but don’t always show it, who are deeply divided but who are attempting to define themselves in a positive and inclusive manner, [and] who are rarely heard, prejudiced, but believe we are a fair people ... generally pretty tolerant - within limits.

1.2

 

 

212-1 Now I am disabled nobody wants to know me… despite all the work I have done in this area since 1947. I helped with new community to get it on its feet. If one is disabled here nobody can be bothered with you.

1.2

f

d

157-0 We care about those who have lost the dignity of being employed and how that affects families.

1.2

 

 

140-16 We, as asylum seekers and refugees, love to live in Scotland in peace. We feel that we have been excluded and marginalised by law in this country, and this is not fair. We would love to contribute into the Scottish Society and want to feel being part of it.

1.2

 

e

297-6 We [residents of Pilton] are people who wouldn’t live anywhere else. We like Scotland and because of the parliament we have hope for the future. We are a people depending on foreign multinationals. We are insecure and have high levels of employment. We can’t control our economy.

1.2

 

 

116-4 We (as overseas students) view Scotland as a home from home, with friendly locals amongst a multicultural society... Keep the education system standards high.

1.2

f

e

233-6 We are proud of our history of democracy -the sovereignty of the people under God... We are a spiritual people with a lively Christian heritage; have an environment of beauty and grandeur, and natural resources. We are varied in culture and creed (not insular), citizens com[ing] from different backgrounds (including English).

1.2

 

 

289-8 We have a great pride in our country, its history, its beauty, its culture and its freedom. We are aware however of its growing problems in homelessness, lack of resources for health and education, and the violence and intolerance produced by class division and the unequal sharing of opportunities and facilities.

1.2

f

 

121-6 We tend to be parochial in view of being most interested in welfare of our family, our community and our society in that order of priority.

1.2

 

 

293-12 We care deeply about our Scottish identity, recognising that not everyone defines it in the same way. We want to take pride in fulfilling the duty to welcome the “stranger within our gates”.

1.2

 

 

057-6 We are hospitable and value to live in a safe country [with] a strong community spirit ... but have to be careful not to lose it.

1.2

 

 

002-3 Value freedom: of speech, thought and action (within the law) according to individual conscience and ethical considerations. We value tolerance and respect individual rights to be different while still being a part of the community. We recognise that there is a selfish individualism seeping in, though, which is tending to break up community.

1.2

f

 

017-3 ... are proud of our history, with a strong sense of identity but depend on a rich array of local cultural reference points which may not be understandable to outsiders.

1.2

 

 

016-6 ... who couldn’t think of living anywhere else than Scotland because it’s a friendly place with a sense of community and there are lots of things to do.

1.2

 

o

013-6 ... who value community, open-ness, equality of opportunity and accept diversity... We need to be inclusive rather than exclusive.

1.2

 

 

071-5 Our reputation and making people feel welcome in our country is very important.

1.2

 

y

144-8 [People] to develop self-esteem through meaningful employment.

1.2

 

 

364-5 ... proud to be Scottish and British to a certain extent. Scotland is not only a country but a close-knit community where we respect other countries and welcome them with open arms.

1.2

m

y

379-3 As things stand at present, we [independent school students] see our future lying outside Scotland.

1.2

 

y

097-8 We are concerned about the drug culture and our children’s’ futures. We fear the loss of self-esteem caused by poor leisure facilities and loss of parental control.

1.2

 

 

091-4 We fear a further fragmentation of society and the reduction of our country to a “product.”

1.2

 

 

148-11 We wish to retain a sense of Scottishness which is reflected in our historic buildings, and see an increase in available apprenticeships, particularly for trades.

1.2

f

o

006-2 To live in Scotland means being together with other Scottish people [and sharing] memories. It means having a lovely country - Highlands, tourism, beautiful countryside.

1.2

 

 

087-5 Individual group members also cited domestic violence, unemployment, young people’s apathy and sense of exclusion, and the dirty and neglected condition of many public amenities, as consequences of social injustice and neglect... [However], we take pride in our surviving sense of community and society, and believe that our institutions are still characterised by egalitarianism. We also take pride in our ... medical schools, the intellectual high point of the Scottish Enlightenment, and many gifted individuals.

1.2

 

 

086-4 We are a friendly, passionate Nation, with strong family values.

1.2

 

d

329-8 We are a people who live in a dull depressing country with no opportunities for jobs. There’s not much to do and when you find something, it’s too expensive or you don’t feel safe out of your own area.

1.2

 

 

192-6 We are proud of our heritage…and proud to call ourselves Scottish, …and [we] are proud of and protective towards our Water Supply, Education and Health Services.

1.2

f

 

125-13 ... are proud to be Scots [and] continue to celebrate our traditions in local communities... We place importance on the extended family, in education we demand high standards [and] we value Rabbie Burns and other national philosophers and writers. Through exporting our skills, people and expertise we have a well deserved reputation across the world. We are a hardy and hospitable people.

1.2

f

 

048-16 Balance within and between our communities.

1.2

 

 

198-3 Our representative should spend a reasonable length of time in their local area.

1.2

 

 

302-0 I am an Irish person who has lived in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides for 21 years. I love and admire the Scots; they are kind and loving people and thrifty as well.

1.2

 

 

303-4 ... who still today, live in a very traditional country, in the sense that the nation’s history and culture is still very evident.

1.2

 

 

265-0 We hope we will foster/re-kindle a sense of community which we believe has largely been lost.

1.2

 

 

177-6 We are proud to be Scottish especially if our forefathers have lived here for years. Until recently we [Galashiels] have enjoyed a [good] standard of living [now] threatened by mass unemployment. We will feel sorry for any people who would have to move to [find] employment, especially if emigration is required.

1.2

 

 

287-0 ... who are Gaelic speakers, Urdu and Punjabi speakers.

1.3

 

 

155-6 We are a people who ... [these] opening words of this sentence were emotive and encouraged divisiveness [amongst group of “women - middle aged, middle class”].

1.3

f

 

292-6 [As Quakers we] care about social justice, see ourselves as “citizens of the world”, and have come to appreciate the range of cultures in present day Scotland.

1.3

 

 

346-8 [As African women in Scotland we] feel like strangers, unnoticed, unseen, unheard, alienated, dehumanised, invisible in the scheme of affairs but visible enough for racial attack and with the fear that this may increase with Scottish independence... We feel anti-English feeling will be turned against ethnic minorities when the English are gone. Sometimes the nationalist feeling is so strong that one wonders how minorities will fit into the new Scotland.

1.3

 

e

053-12 .. who believe that God set the bounds of Scotland and established the Scottish race with a Christian heritage and society where political ministers must uphold Biblical Law being ordained of God, Romans 13. This excludes rewriting the rules to suit humanistic “rights.”

1.3

 

 

018-0 ... who think that this country is pure dead brilliant. We are all very patriotic here and hate England, although some of us only sort of hate you.

1.3

m

y

019-3 We are sick of being classed as Great Britain when we have Scotland and England. We are two separate countries.

1.3

f

y

077-5 We are often stereotyped, i.e. kilts, haggis, bagpipes... We want to be respected by other nations, i.e. England.

1.3

 

y

079-5 Our way of life is too traditional.

1.3

 

y

080-5 Identity is often forgotten. We are often grouped together with the English nation in sporting events ... if we win, but not if we lose.

1.3

 

y

413-350 We have a strong identity which can defend what shouldn’t be defended.

1.3

 

 

240-15 We are people who have come from different parts of the world to settle in Scotland and in particular, Dundee. We have studied and worked in various fields such as medicine, dentistry, retail management, lecturing and researching while in Scotland. We have married either in Scotland or in India, raised our children in Scottish schools and now, obviously, some of us are elderly. Some are rich and some are poor.

1.3

 

e

407-10 We are different from other countries. We have our own accent and different ways of speaking. We are different from the English but should not hate them.

1.3

 

d

123-1 When I went to work in London in 1937 I was surprised to see that many people writing from Scotland to my office (part of the Post Office) wrote “N.B.” after the name of their town or county. What did “N.B.” mean? Would you believe, “North Britain”!

1.3

 

 

253-6 We feel strongly about Scotland’s history and ignorant people who live here.

1.3

 

y

282-10 We are proud of our Scottish identity an heritage. Although having some Celtic, British and/or European identity as well, we are Scottish first... We may still resent what is perceived as English interference in our own affairs but nonetheless feel privileged to belong to the Scottish nation.

1.3

 

d

313-50 We believe it is important for all cultural groups to have the freedom and opportunities to express themselves and live their lives through their respective languages and cultures. This is particularly important in the case of the autochthonous languages of Scotland such as Gaelic and Scots [to create] a well educated and culturally confident population.

1.3

 

e

214-19 As Muslim women we wish to be a part of Scottish society. We are a people who feel excluded by the society in which we live. Muslim women are excluded because Islam is viewed as a religion rather than a complete way of life which encompasses a complete socio-economic structure as revealed in the Holy Quran.

1.3

f

e

118-5 ... have a strong sense of national identity [with] many cultural differences within certain areas.

1.3

f

y

022-6 ... who have a bit of an identity crisis: “others have all the luck.” Props are drink, religion, drugs, status, Scottishness.

1.3

 

 

247-0 Society currently marganilises and discriminates against many [lesbian, gay and transgendered] Scots.

1.3

 

 

037-6 [As Gypsies] we are a people who are forgotten. We are the People who go back thousands of years [with] no rights to our culture as it was taken away from us when we were put in these council sites and treated like aliens with no-one to listen to our wants and needs.

1.3

 

e

138-5 We realise we are living in a multi-racial society, and therefore education will become more important.

1.3

f

 

217-43 Gaelic was vital to the formation of the Scottish nation and has been a central component in leading to the Scottish national identity as we know it today.

1.3

 

e

211-10 Who aim at identifying our Scottishness in public life as civil, not ethnic, who look beyond our own horizons; who welcome the stranger. We do note an erosion of some of these qualities in our present society: a growing individualism, racism (anti-English, anti-Black), some lingering religious intolerance.

1.3

f

 

029-1 Throughout history we have cared deeply about the community and nation [and] have been powerfully creative and innovative from St Columba to James Clerk Maxwell. For the past century and a half this creativeness has been shackled and undermined due to domination of the English utilitarian and positivist attitudes so powerfully denounced by Will Hutton.

1.3

m

o

095-8 ... who have a history imbued with a mixture of pride and failure. We look to a time when our self-respect will enable us to offer a genuine welcome to those within and outwith our borders who are different from us.

1.3

 

 

044-4 Openness to other cultures, old and new (but still laden down with bigoted ideas).

1.3

 

 

014-6 We feel we have a strong heritage and identity but can also embrace the “otherness” of multi-cultural society.

1.3

f

 

015-1 I am proud to be a Scot but I am also proud to be British.

1.3

m

 

039-18 ... are tolerant, yet can scapegoat.

1.3

 

 

001-8 Value community, very hospitable, strong sense of being a nation, proud of our history [and] education, believe in justice [and are] small enough to have a sense of identity.

1.3

f

 

054-6 The ethnic groups in Scotland are very welcome with proviso they respect our culture and laws as we do theirs. Our present Scots are afraid to air their views in fear of being branded a racialist.

1.3

 

 

031-3 ... have a distinct national identity as well as district and local identities.

1.3

 

 

021-5 ... have a sense of identity, a sense of struggle from the backdrop of our culture and history, have experienced a sense of isolation; our voices not being heard and opinions not being considered.

1.3

 

 

404-4 We are people who work mainly with the Chinese community. We work with people from all ages based in west of Scotland. Compared with England, we found that there are lack of opportunities in employment field for ethnic minority communities. We hope to see more young Chinese people to take up employment outwith the catering business. About 40% of the Chinese population in Scotland have no knowledge of what the parliament does, they are either women/men in their late 30’s and the elderly. Healthy eating is also the main concern.

1.3

 

e

251-20 We are aware that we live in a multifaith society and positively welcome that fact.

1.3

 

 

139-5 We (ethnic minorities) wish to maintain a separate identity and culture from the rest of Great Britain and to preserve our heritage.

1.3

 

e

178-7 [As young Asian women our] needs are not being met and not being represented. [For example,] there is not a good choice for Halal eaters in school and mainstream food outlets. We always have to say we are vegetarian when we are not - they don’t cater for our needs.

1.3

f

e

405-0 We [representatives of Islamic Centre & Glasgow Central Mosque] are a people who want to live in Scotland with dignity and like to contribute for the social, cultural, economic and environmental development of this beloved land. We want to promote peace, harmony and equality in the wider society of the UK. We wish to maintain religious freedom and cultural identity in a multi-cultural society without harming others’ religious values and beliefs.

1.3

 

e

393-12 We are a people who care about their country and are proud of their past and heritage: eg. William Wallace, bagpipes, kilts, haggis and Irn Bru.

1.3

 

y

181-14 ... increasingly aware that new prejudices threaten to replace the old as tensions with ethnic minorities increase. We are particularly anxious that injustices should be rooted out before becoming part of the fabric of our society and that young people should receive strong guidance [in] their opinions, their cultures and their rights.

1.3

 

 

232-30 We are of the Jewish faith and identify with Scotland as our home. We see Scottish society as one which respects and values people from all religious and cultural backgrounds.

1.3

 

e

102-4 We are loyal to our country and have a great deal of pride in our heritage. Yet we acknowledge that there is a mixture of influences and ancestry in Scotland. We value and accept the current status of Scotland as a multicultural society.

1.3

f

o

196-5 …who, despite centuries of amalgamation; retain a sense of national identity based on a traditional regard for equality, social justice and universal education.

1.3

 

 

225-0 We are a group of Gaelic speaking professionals who recognise and accept the need for political change; value our language and cultural heritage and fear its erosion, marginalization and potential demise; consider Gaelic as a unique and inherent component of the Scottish national identity; respect the rights and aspirations of other linguistic and ethnic minorities; are concerned that the perception still exists that there is a Highland/Lowland abyss; and want to ensure equal opportunities in the new Scotland for all people and their respective geographic areas.

1.3

 

e

228-20 We feel that Gaelic is an essential and intrinsic element of the national identity for all Scots.

1.3

 

e

003-3 Live in harmony with all our neighbours [and] wish to be recognised worldwide as a nation.

1.3

 

 

166-3 We are proud of our heritage, wealth of history and rich culture. The personality of the Scot is warm, friendly and hospitable. Our people care for one another and are hard working... The Scottish character has been described as hardy. The harsh climate probably contributes to this.

1.3

 

 

087-5 We have been disadvantaged in many ways ... personal or professional or both [by] material and cultural deprivation [including] lack of awareness of Scottish history and the value of our two native languages other than English.

1.3

 

 

250-10 We feel we’re ruled by people in England.

1.3

 

d

266-8 Scotland is a radical, progressive nation. It respects all cultures. Scottish people are very proud of being Scottish [but] young Scottish people are losing their Scottish identity: we should address this.

1.3

 

 

300-2 We treasure our national identity.

1.3

 

 

306-4 ... who have a proud Celtic heritage but many see our nationality in Irn Bru and tartan, which is very shallow.

1.3

 

 

222-0 We would like to keep our own identity as we feel our country is becoming too Americanised.

1.3

 

 

094-40 Whether you were born here or have come to settle here, you feel as if you belong... We are a people with a great sense of fairness.

1.3

 

 

000-100 [We value] local control and locally provided basic services.

1.4

 

 

009-0 ... who believe in tradition but don’t want to be left behind.

1.4

 

 

135-0 ... proud, independent, friendly, caring, but slow to express personal feelings.

1.4

 

 

158-0 ... who are angry at injustices.

1.4

 

 

124-1 ... many of whom seem to think that maximum disruption, maximum demanding and maximum complaining will result in getting what they want for themselves, with the least amount of effort on their part, especially in Glasgow...

1.4

 

 

124-1 Children have their self-esteem destroyed from an early age so that they are kept down and no-one does any better than anyone else, so that everyone is kept at the same level.

1.4

 

 

269-0 We value friendliness, sense of community, and a dry sense of humour. Life can only be understood looking backwards but it must be lived forwards.

1.4

 

 

208- 15 …who acknowledge the Lordship of Christ over the nation of Scotland and its government. We are committed to obeying and serving Christ in every aspect of our lives, not least as citizens within the nation of Scotland.

1.4

 

 

262-5 We would like a more giving rather than getting society. We are particularly concerned for the motivation and attitudes of young people who need to feel that they CAN make a difference and their voice will be heard.

1.4

 

 

397-12 Poetry - Rabbie Burns ... Scottish music ... ceilidh.

1.4

 

d

067-4 Overall we are a wealthy country ... good quality of life ... well liked abroad... We are not frightened of speaking up.

1.4

 

 

074-5 We are proud, friendly, realistic and are not afraid to speak our minds.

1.4

 

y

248-10 We are aware of our flaws - poor health record - alcohol problems.

1.4

 

y

128-4 ... who love God and care for each other.

1.4

 

 

319-5 We have pride in [Scotland’s] heritage - not just the traditional view of this such as bagpipes and tartan - but a heritage that speaks to us of the value of community, of a friendly family orientated society, of the importance of good education and health services. We take pride in the inventions and other achievements of the Scots...

1.4

 

 

108-4 We also want to maintain our international reputation for our generosity and friendliness.

1.4

 

y

088-1 ... who care about peace - global peace.

1.4

 

 

305-300 We are a people who should judge people by what they do and not by the colour of their skin, not by their accent, and not by the colour of the football strip of their favoured team.

1.4

 

 

400-7 We are warm and friendly and know how to “party”.

1.4

 

d

023-15 We are certainly not mean.

1.4

 

d

120-4 ... who are struggling to make progress and stand on our own feet.

1.4

 

 

189-9 We value the right to express ourselves and we are able to laugh at ourselves. We live in a beautiful country with space to roam.

1.4

 

 

242-7 ... have different needs from London ... do not approve of imperialism ... don’t want the type of investment like Hyundai (humiliating “jobs”) ... want this control within a federal Europe ... and don’t want to be submitted to something like Mrs Thatcher ever again.

1.4

 

 

279-7 We are proud of our heritage and laid-back approach to life. We have a good education system and this is important to us. We always make people feel welcome and have an outward-looking attitude. Above all, we value our freedom.

1.4

 

 

121-6 ... who have self-respect and confidence in our ability to play a constructive role and therefore wish to be consulted on decisions and actions which may affect our lives. We deplore the apathy that seems to exist; people regarding themselves as victims rather than important and respected members of society, and we deplore the corruption and sleaze which abounds in government and politics, much preferring to admire our leaders for their honesty and integrity.

1.4

 

 

147-62 ... who value liberty and good quality of life for all; equality of opportunity; freedom of speech, political opinion, and religious practice; a democratic government which is honest and open, which empowers people and upholds the human rights of all: especially those of politically disadvantaged groups such as women and children.

1.4

f

 

107-3 ... who drink too much alcohol.

1.4

 

y

184-12 …love Irn Bru; have a pride in our history; are friendly to others; have a good education system.

1.4

 

y

324-7 We [clients with learning difficulties] like the shops and supermarkets, Scottish food and McDonalds.

1.4

 

d

063-4 Would keep resources within Scotland and gain maximum benefit from resources and revenue.

1.4

 

 

014-6 ... who are proud of our traditions, hospitality, freedom, tartan, passion, spontaneity.

1.4

f

 

110-20 ... are full of openness and warmth ... proud to be Scottish.

1.4

 

 

069-4 We care about how people portray us. We don’t run about in kilts.

1.4

 

y

165-10 We care about continuing pressure on Third World countries to repay debt.

1.4

 

 

307-4 [As seminarians we hope for] no work or shops open on a Sunday unless for NECESSITY (e.g. Supermarket for food or clothes).

1.4

m

 

040-15 ... are friendly, tolerant, creative, open, wild, egalitarian, “all Jock Tamson’s Bairns,” canny, generous, optimistic, pessimistic, contradictory. We have a sense of humour but are dour, we travel (well), drink, dance, moan and have fun, have hang-ups about the English, and love our country.

1.4

 

 

043-7 We see and feel the great importance of community, hospitality and sense of humour.

1.4

 

 

323-8 We care about [the relationships between] crimes, drug cultures and complacency [including the] failure of the “Just say no” campaign, the lowering price of heroin, drug testing to know the constitution of the drug you’re taking, the danger of getting harassed on the street....

1.4

f

 

136-4 ... who are proud, honest, hardworking and respect our national identity and take real pride in being Scottish.

1.4

 

 

137-0 A friendly nation with a good sense of humour; proud of our heritage, legal system and our achievements in the world. Has wonderful scenery - which has to be preserved.

1.4

 

 

141-0 Our once excellent education system due to five historical universities in a small population is being eroded by political influences. We have a world-wide reputation in science, medicine, law, accountancy, invention and engineering skills.

1.4

 

 

377-2 We dislike living in Scotland. This is because there are many problems with Scotland which include homelessness, unemployment and a wide gap between rich and poor. There are little prospects for the young.

1.4

 

y

386-4 Many of the young have no prospects for the future and often this leads to depression. However, if these problems were combated Scotland would have all the elements to become a happy nation.

1.4

 

y

391-3 We want to see Saddam Hussein obliterated.

1.4

m

y

294-8 Throughout our history we have often allowed ourselves to be tolerant of injustice and inequality and our confidence in our own ability to be undermined. Now is the time for us to learn from the past and move forward with faith and hope in the future and use the gifts of creativity and leadership with which we are so richly endowed.

1.4

 

 

150-9 ... who pray for and care about people, about Scotland, but also about the whole world. We care about the environment, about justice and peace... We are for life, the right to life at all its human stages. We are against any involvement by our country in the arms trade, or in nuclear activity which is not for the common good.

1.4

f

 

223-10 We generally accept authority.

1.4

 

 

183-70 Materialism and selfishness are destroying the very fibre of the society.

1.4

 

e

173-6 We believe in the statement, “To each according to his needs, from each according to his ability.”

1.4

 

 

275-6 We would like the punishment to be harder ... life should mean life. Capital punishment should be considered for some crimes... We think pushers should get long jail sentences.

1.4

 

d

207-3 The Law and Benefits all things like that are there to help but they are helping the wrong things, it’s all the wrong way round.

1.4

 

 

267-3 We have a long history with many, many mistakes to learn from. We are a strong, inventive, intelligent people who can overcome most obstacles when the odds aren’t stacked against us. We have let a small minority dominate our lives for too long.

1.4

 

 

281-6 ... who are very sincere, caring and friendly, and contrary to popular belief, very generous. We are a people who are independent of nature, are very opinionated and single-minded, who are very proud of our national heritage and patriotic. The majority of our group are pro-Royal family. We are a very clever and inventive people, who provide the world with the home of golf and are very supportive of our national sporting teams.

1.4

f

d

339-6 We are people who enjoy a good spirit in our individual community settings... There is, however, a need for us, individually and collectively, to examine our diet, which is generally bad in this country.

1.4

 

y

194-7 We value our directness and sharpness but we acknowledge that there can be aggressiveness that needs resolution.

1.4

 

 

199-3 We are a people who want truth, openness and honesty.

1.4

 

 

320-9 We care about ... the right not to be abused [and also] better help for sex offenders.

1.4

 

 

117-6 ... must accept responsibility for our future and our actions.

1.4

 

 

151-30 We are concerned about the lack of investment in public housing in real terms... Housing is a social necessity for all and as such should be a high level of priority in any new Scots Parliament.

1.5

 

 

397-12 We care about buses v. cars.

1.5

 

d

079-5 Our society needs better health education.

1.5

 

y

216-4 Because our population is small, usually public services - e.g. NHS - work well.

1.5

f

 

113-5 Scotland is being unfairly exploited by the government, e.g. poll tax, oil revenue, Ravenscraig closure and the forthcoming tax for entry into the City of Edinburgh.

1.5

 

y

316-21 We would like a good quality legal system giving justice to everyone and recognising the European Human Rights Bill.

1.5

 

 

143-6 Health is a most important concern.

1.5

f

 

014-6 [Concern about] corruption in the police force. Scots law ... the “not proven” verdict is not satisfactory.

1.5

f

 

049-22 ... believe that education should be the most important concern of the human race, next to organised religion. So we are saddened as we watch our ancient education system - and hence our social and political institutions - sink year by year into the morass.

1.5

 

 

060-4 We have a good educational system which is being eroded and starved of cash.

1.5

f

 

220-12 We are a people who recognise the true importance of education as a means of helping people to achieve their potential, but also for its own sake ... a religious people of many faiths but with common values.

1.5

 

y

226-5 We care about ... education for young women.

1.5

 

 

215-0 We are engaged in a daily struggle to provide an essential public service with meagre resources provided [rural development education].

1.5

 

 

167-5 We are disillusioned by the ongoing erosion of control by local authorities such as, for example, water and health services...

1.5

 

o

115-6 The farming industry picks up and a stronger economy.

1.6

f

y

072-4 We care about the environment because there is too much pollution. We also care about industry as there will be no job opportunities if there is no industry.

1.6

 

y

060-4 We are known as trustworthy in money matters (the Edinburgh money market). We export much of our best talent.

1.6

f

 

198-3 There should be more accountability by large employers to the community and workforce.

1.6

 

 

203-23 We want child protection legislation which is practical and effective, which does not further damage the victims through the court process and send them home to their abusers.

1.7

 

 

407-10 [We are concerned about] the attitude of staff in hospitals and doctors to people with learning difficulties. People need more help and support when they use these services.

1.7

 

d

161-15 As users of mental health services our experience is that we are discriminated against and stigmatised.

1.7

 

d

264-12 ... who would appreciate a better pension whereby other benefits would not be necessary.

1.7

 

o

370-8 [As black and minority ethnic women] we like and enjoy Edinburgh. It is our home now and we want the white Scottish community to be tolerant and acceptable to people coming from different parts of the world. We are concerned about the education that our children receive and the problems of racism they face in schools, including bullying. We want a safe city to live in and the Parliament to look at ways children’s different cultures could be built into the teaching. We want our overseas qualifications recognised.

1.7

f

e

100-96 [We cannabis campaigners are people] who are multiethnic but resident in Scotland. Cannabis was traditionally grown here. Archaeologically proven at Soutra and in Fife - also, Queen Victoria used it. We have rights under the Single Drug Conventions to traditional use of cannabis... About 80% of drug offences are cannabis seizures. Many M.S. and spasticity patients are not well enough to buy cannabis on the illegal market although it replaces up to 3 NHS drugs.

1.7

 

 

160-15 ... who feel they belong to Scotland, however feel alienated and isolated from the consultation process, as are “invisible” to the statutory organisations.

1.7

f

e

051-8 We are part of “Comfortable Scotland” and want to reach out to those on the margins of society. We believe in the value of each individual, in social justice and in the importance of education.

1.7

 

 

033-1 What I dislike is the tolerance of alcohol abuse, and the increasing acceptance of illegal drug use ... also, the negativism in our culture, and denial of social problems.

1.7

 

 

034-3 Value the inclusive traditions of our country in education, health and the building of local communities. We seek the resurgence of this inclusiveness, with opportunities for everyone too participate and with a special emphasis on the encouragement and enabling of young people.

1.7

 

 

255-4 [As women we] have experienced inequality in greater proportions.

1.7

f

 

254-6 Seek justice and equality for women. On a practical level we feel women who wish to rear their own children should be sufficiently rewarded by the state. Their worth in the rearing of future working generations should be recognised as equal to manufacturing, producing food, etc.. Those women who wish to be in the employment market should not be prevented from advancing their careers.

1.7

f

 

200-17 We [,as] residents of Lennox Castle Hospital…are trying to change things in the hospital to allow more freedom and more to do, and hope to move into the community.

1.7

 

 

007-7 ... who are proud of Scottish Heritage, education and the landscape [and] desire to take up responsibility for ourselves and others - particularly those who are more vulnerable.

1.7

 

 

336-11 In Fife we are particularly proud that we still have free bus travel for elderly people.

1.7

 

e

373-1300 An increasing proportion of the people are retired and within the group considered as “ageing”. These people are of course ordinary citizens still in full possession of their intellectual faculties. Many were the managers and “captains” of industry until they chose retirement, and now being free from the harness of employment, can be more pragmatic and more objective in their views. This group, representing as it does, a considerable proportion of the electorate, is effectively disenfranchised due to the fragmentation of ministerial responsibilities, and is not adequately represented as a group in its own right. At this time we feel that we have had the right to select our representative in parliament removed and that we are having a placeman foisted upon us.

1.7

 

o

210-1 Why not ask everyone these questions? We strive for social justice; tend to a negative approach; lack empowerment.

1.8

f

 

025-40 ... who value democracy and genuine decision-making at the lowest possible level.

1.8

 

 

073-325 [As the Modern Studies Association] we fully support the education of young people in the values of citizenship and democracy, and work far beyond the minimum classroom lessons to achieve this end.

1.8

 

 

213-8 We are a people who historically have chosen a specific person who may be of any party or none, to represent his constituents and to vote for our views, not those of any political party.

1.8

 

 

316-21 We do not want all the trappings of the Westminster Parliament.

1.8

 

 

059-5 Over the centuries we have suffered as a people, and feel hard done by. Even though we have political freedom we are alienated from the political process. In our lifetimes we have seen the encouragement of individualism and destruction of community.

1.8

 

 

060-4 We are politically apathetic. Probably as a result of this many of our politicians at all levels and in all parties are of poorer quality.

1.8

f

 

041-20 We feel unable to engage in the current party political or socio-political issues which affect us due to disempowerment through lack of education and awareness, resulting in a cycle of ignorance.

1.8

 

 

220-12 Through a remodelled national curriculum, by the year 2020, all aspects of Scotland’s heritage will be given proper priority, though greater emphasis on Scottish history, and a Scottish history which truly reflects the diversity of our country, including our religious diversity. We would like to see a proper emphasis given to music, the arts and culture.

1.8

 

y

220-12 We reaffirm our commitment to the decision made in the referendum of 1997 that the Scottish Parliament should have tax-raising powers.

1.8

 

y

087-5 It may be that our awareness of disadvantage has been sharpened by the remoteness of existing central government and an accompanying sense of powerlessness.

1.8

 

 

168-10 We are concerned about the fragmentation of society and would like the Parliament to pull the people together again.

1.8

f

o

328-7 There was a strong feeling of being 2nd Class citizens. Political awareness and structures [should be] introduced as early as primary school.

1.8

 

 

197-4 ..who have not the confidence for an autonomous government (but we have the potential).

1.8

 

 

026-0 ... who need the initiative of self-determination to allow us to thrive, caring about democracy, justice, national identity.

1.9

 

 

171-5 ... who wish to see the worship of the Christian God and the Christian religion practised, taught and upheld once again in this land from which many missionaries spread the Gospel to so many parts of the world.

1.9

 

 

011-5 To live in Scotland gives us a great sense of pride. We care about the welfare of our country and how our future is determined by society today.

1.9

f

y

012-30 We have quality football sides.

1.9

m

y

239-1 ... who have the historic ability to be extraordinary.

1.9

m

 

216-4 We are a people acutely conscious that much of the world is watching us, and wishing us well. We must not waste this opportunity. We must do all we can to get it right!

1.9

f

 

028-1 Have lived with awareness through 2 European wars and many other turmoils and revolutions, with particular interest in liberation struggles - African and S. American movements, etc..

1.9

 

o

202-3 [We are a people who], while looking back with pride at our achievements nationally and internationally, our distinctive culture and traditions, our religious witness, our systems of education and law, look forward to facing the challenges which now present themselves and to seeing our nation play a confident role in Europe and on the world stage.

1.9

m

 

280-4 We feel close to Europe, not isolated on the edge.

1.9

 

 

013-6 We need to know more clearly how to release the talents of all. We need to measure ourselves in terms of who we are rather than who we are not.

1.9

 

 

004-5 ... who have a rich cultural heritage with socialist orientated working class. We feel there is a definite Scottish identity, but also want to nourish the multi-cultural aspects of Scotland and be part of Europe - to be Independent but International.

1.9

 

 

046-18 ... are friendly, creative and welcoming to others. This is a cultural characteristic which is evident in the people as a whole.

1.9

 

 

378-4 We believe Scotland had and does have the capability to become one of the most powerful nations in the world.

1.9

m

y

206-10 We voted “no, no” because we do not want a government who will bring changes that will affect us, our children and our grand-children adversely. It appears the sole idea in Scotland is to become independent with no thought for education, health or development policies.

1.9

f

 

385-2 We believe that Scotland is a country so contrasted to England that independence is inevitable. We believe that Scotland was illegally entered into the Union of 1707 and so that Union is therefore void.

1.9

m

y

090-10 Value distinctiveness of Scottish society in comanionship with the rest of the world (as against any commercially imposed culture of international sameness).

1.9

 

 

270-0 ... who are about to recover our nation, our independence and who, after 300 years of British Rule, will now take our place along with all the other independent nations of the world.

1.9

 

 

271-5 ... who see all humanity as our brothers and sisters: who cherish their rights, welfare and freedom as fiercely as our own: who see our access to self-government as our entry into the communities of nations. Mind you, some of us are narrow-minded, tight-fisted parasites...

1.9

 

 

085-5 We have the best golf courses in the world.

1.9

 

d

328-7 We are liked worldwide but lack power in our own country because we sit back and let other people control us.

1.9

 

 

310-3 We are proud of our heritage, but are also forward thinking and world conscious.

1.9

 

 

005-5 ... who are outgoing, warm, friendly and hospitable. We are proud of our Scottish heritage. Our younger people are moving further afield but remain proud of their country.

1.9

f

 

026-0 Tighter control of land issues and wilderness areas and access for the people - resources which are mismanaged and greatly underestimated. Push identity for tourism and inward investment.

2.1

 

 

156-2 ... the impact on the environment is taken into account in all decision making, particularly development of sustainable transportation systems in Scotland, the impact of genetic engineering, resource use and waste minimisation.

2.1

 

 

010-2 Pollution from transport - it’s making buildings turn black, it’s polluting the atmosphere, it’s damaging the health of everyone including the younger generation.

2.1

f

y

080-5 Economically friendly to the environment. Farming and other land industries should be resuscitated. More leisure facilities in rural areas and health and education should be improved.

2.1

 

y

304-87 ... in which the environment is acknowledged as paramount in sustainable development.

2.1

 

 

291-5 Is environmentally clean, healthy and free from nuclear waste and other toxic hazards. The Green Belt is protected and existing ground (including vacant brown field sites) is utilised within the city boundaries... Outlying large retailing complexes cease to be developed. Natural, clean sources of energy are harnessed.

2.1

 

 

418-11 There is priority given to sustainable organic farming methods... The release of genetically engineered organisms into the environment is banned... Remaining nuclear waste at Dounreay is dry-stored above ground.

2.1

 

 

263-4 We take account of the environmental implications of our actions and value the contribution each person can make to the community.

2.1

 

 

285-5 Health and welfare are valued above commercial interest and full use is made of our abundant renewable energy resources. The rights of the citizens of Scotland would be held above those of absentee landowners and indeed all land would be accessible. Adequate protection would also be available for tenants of large estates and communities would at least have the opportunity of land ownership. By 2020, sustainable development would have eliminated the need for harmful exploitation of the environment (e.g. opencast coal mining) and will have regenerated cities to provide energy efficient housing for all and a sense of community.

2.1

 

 

276-8 Drug free and nuclear free.

2.1

 

 

189-9 We would like to see an improved public transport system and more heavy goods transported by rail. We want further steps taken to reduce car use to control pollution. We also want to have sewage properly treated. We want stricter controls over the use of chemicals in agriculture and better conditions for battery chickens.

2.1

 

 

114-6 More emphasis needs to be put on the environment - on preventing pollution, littering, etc. and promoting recycling.

2.1

 

y

242-7 People care for their environment because they feel it is their own. The power of landowners is reduced.

2.1

 

 

138-5 No more building on the green belt.

2.1

f

 

211-10 …in which there has been a radical reform of land tenure and an abolition of absentee landlordism.

2.1

f

 

121-6 Sets up and sustains organisations to protect the environment such as national parks.

2.1

 

 

057-6 Land is developed and used by the people who live here. More trees.

2.1

 

 

068-4 There is a safe environment for our children and for their future.

2.1

 

y

144-8 Scotland is more fairly owned.

2.1

 

 

142-1 The recovery of Atlantic salmon and local sea trout in the River Clyde Catchment.

2.1

m

 

134-0 Less pollution and no worries about the ozone layer.

2.1

 

 

193-30 [We want to see a Scotland which] has its land ownership in the hands of those who use its resources humanely and not cruelly and selfishly for “sport”…Financial help should be given to non-new age groups to set up a huge system of self-sufficient and financially viable communities that would act as restorers of our land through proper native re-forestation; humane livestock rearing; non-environmentally and wildlife destructive fish-farming; wood skills and permacultural food growing being practised to provide local food supplies.

2.1

 

 

205-8 Our people [will] cherish our national heritage of family values and of safeguarding our environment and culture.

2.1

 

 

173-6 The right to roam is enshrined in statute. There is support for traditional crofters and farmers.

2.1

 

 

126-2 Land belongs to communities, the people being tenants unto their own democratically accountable control.

2.1

m

 

245-30 A balance has been reached between human wants and the needs of the environment and other species; whereby the majority, rather than a minority, fully understand the necessity of this; where development is not automatically regarded as good.

2.1

 

 

082-4 We would have ownership of the land ... a nuclear free Scotland ... awareness of all environmental issues.

2.1

f

 

112-4 Issue of nuclear waste.

2.1

f

y

267-3 A countryside in better balance with large areas of reforestation.

2.1

 

 

007-7 Sustainable development, protecting natural resources and good public transport.

2.1

 

 

008-5 Good, cheap, safe and accessible public transport, sustainable communities including local jobs and rural workshops, redistribution of wealth and more rented housing, especially in rural areas.

2.1

 

 

299-4 Better and appropriate uses for our natural resources such as ... whisky.

2.1

 

 

229-1 ... in which land is being steadily acquired by the nation as it comes on the market, or by compulsory purchase if necessary, so that it can be managed according to guidelines which would provide for the best possible stewardship for conservation, restoration and sustainable productivity. The produce of the land would belong to the steward who worked it, so no nonsense about trees planted by a farmer for whatever reason not belonging to him.

2.1

f

o

124-1 Children are nurtured, their talents developed, where they live and are brought up in quiet loving homes ... where violence and aggression are a thing of the past, and where income is channelled into their development instead of into the local pub...

2.2

 

 

122-7 The now fashionable ideas of separation have been abandoned in favour of a Scotland that is part of Europe... We [mainly incomers] would like all heritage aspects to be kept in perspective NOT over-sentimentalised.

2.2

 

 

145-40 The generation coming behind us has something to look forward to in their OLD AGE. Guarantee decent pensions and discounts in keeping with other European countries.

2.2

 

 

246-4 More community spirit, more community police ... more free home care or at affordable prices for those with a higher income ... continuation of building on Scotland’s heritage - e.g. Britannia coming to Edinburgh (but excessive entry charge).

2.2

 

d

157-0 Town centres can once again be a centre for the community with a real sense of identity.

2.2

 

 

190-8 …there is a mind shift and people start to express this sense of identity and create communities in richly diverse bio-regions which achieve their potential and thrive within their ecological carrying capacity.

2.2

 

 

394-2 By the year 2020 ... I will not be here.

2.2

 

o

121-6 The prime consideration in government is what is best for Scotland rather than the whole of the UK and Europe. Small is beautiful! [Thus], people are encouraged to buy Scottish goods and food promoting our own welfare.

2.2

 

 

293-12 SMALL COMMUNITIES thrive again - with schools, Post Offices, etc..

2.2

 

 

202-3 Serious attention is given to the problems of homelessness and unemployment.

2.2

m

 

052-25 [Reverses] the closure of community centres which serve a purpose, a meeting place for disabled groups, pensioners and children of all ages.

2.2

f

d

220-12 We would like to see a Scotland in which children are celebrated, not ignored, in which children are accorded respect and status as they deserve as our next generation. We would like to see a Scotland in which the full-time carers of children (usually mothers) are accorded the same recognition for the work they do as those in full-time paid employment.

2.2

 

y

148-11 We would like to feel safe both on the street and in the home ... control street groups; social values reinforced and taught giving school teachers more authority. Social values require education.

2.2

f

o

271-5 ... in which the song of the curlew counts for more than the clink of cash: in which future David Humes, James Watts and Robert Millers may freely develop their talents at home: in which Wallace, Burns, Kier Hardie and John MacLean would be happy to live. And cask-conditioned Scotch Ale in every pub.

2.2

 

 

098-3 Greater development of the “Scottish” identity to harness the self-esteem of the people. Conservation should be considered before economic issues.

2.2

 

 

007-7 Supporting people at times in their/our lives when they/we need support.

2.2

 

 

154-10 We would like to see Scotland move forward in the next century keeping our traditions and customs alive.

2.2

 

 

005-5 Encourage growth of “Community Action Groups” to counteract lack of self-value and [build] pride in their environment.

2.2

f

 

083-6 Protection of small communities ... public transport.

2.2

 

 

153-3 The divisions have been bridged as far as possible, the chip on the shoulder no longer hinders ambition and self-achievement, our identity is secure without being turned against others, England especially.

2.3

m

y

053-12 No citizenship until the third generation and immediate deportation of all who commit crimes. Christian norms to be accepted by all immigrants. Scotland to be independent of world courts.

2.3

 

 

020-12 Scotland would be outward looking: not complacent or smug. Internationalist and closer to Europe, willing to learn from other countries. Cheering for England in future world cup games; not anti-English.

2.3

 

 

214-19 …[in which] Muslim women were catered for in education for our children, funded by the state. The freedom to go to sports centres to participate in activities which were women-only. The right to become active in politics and not be excluded because of our Muslim dress. The right to legislation to protect our beliefs. To make incitement to religious hate an offence for all faiths.

2.3

f

e

140-16 ... plays its role and obligation towards international conventions which it is a signatory to. We hope Scotland will have the power to issue its own law in terms of immigration and asylum law.

2.3

 

e

370-8 We want anti-racist, equal opportunities implemented... Scotland to embrace different cultures and recognise their importance as much as the Scottish culture is recognised.

2.3

f

e

037-6 We would like the People’s Parliament to realise the Government has tabbed us with “Traveller” -a name that covers a multitude of sins, when it’s so easy to call us what we are - Gypsies, Romanies, ‘cos that’s what we are. You can’t become one, you have to be born one. Give us back our freedom. Let our nation live.

2.3

 

e

127-4 Scottish culture is preserved within a tolerant and multi-cultural society.

2.3

f

 

217-43 The bilingualism of the nation is recognised where ALL linguistic minorities are accepted. We would also like to see official status for Gaelic on the model of the 1993 Welsh Language Act alongside a national policy for Gaelic education. The bilingualism of Scotland should also be increasingly observed outwardly through bilingual signage and such like.

2.3

 

e

160-15 Ignorance regarding other cultures, races and religions has been dispelled... Better and improved measures and support for people suffering from racial harassment.

2.3

f

e

072-4 A country with less racism and discrimination.

2.3

 

y

066-3 The awareness, the harmony and the information between the groups and minorities are in good stead, along with the Natives in Scotland, so that we can feel proud to be Scottish... Integration may not and should not mean merging and [being] engulfed by the majority group, [but] it means that we are on an equal footing in all respects.

2.3

 

e

030-12 The principle of equality of opportunity - racial harmony - encouraging good relations between persons of different racial groups.

2.3

 

e

220-12 We would like to see a Scotland in which refugees and asylum-seekers are welcomed, not treated like common criminals as is presently the case. We would like to see a Scotland which welcomes immigrants, as a means of encouraging multi-ethnicity and diversity, as a way of importing talent to make up for the talent which emigrates.

2.3

 

y

349-3 Opportunities for black and ethnic minority communities in all areas of life. Vigorous campaigns to eradicate racial harassment among young people because they are the future generation of Scotland.

2.3

 

e

349-3 Racial equality and immigration should be a Scottish responsibility... Clear positive and pro-active racial equality policies to be promoted by Parliament.

2.3

 

e

349-3 No silly traditions or public school yarbooing to mar serious debate.

2.3

 

e

362-0 Scottish culture should be upheld, because in recent years, the English seem to have taken some of the traditions away ... but still remain linked with England.

2.3

m

y

183-70 …religious values and brotherhood of man is supreme. All religions in this multifaith society or recognised and respected.

2.3

 

e

232-30 The religious needs of Jewish teachers would continue to be met, allowing them paid or unpaid leave when necessary in order to observe the Jewish laws of not working on holy days... Jewish parents continue to have the choice of sending their children to a Jewish primary and nursery school where they receive instruction in Jewish studies.

2.3

 

e

225-0 Gaelic has a prominent profile within the plurality of the Scottish nation [sharing] in the national self-confidence that has evolved as a result of devolution. Peripheral areas have access to the same economic and social opportunities ... including adequate provision for transportation at reasonable cost.

2.3

 

e

351-2 Being Scottish should mean more than whisky and heather.

2.3

f

y

228-20 Gaelic has a national, public profile contributing to Scottish and international plurality and tolerance; and in which there is a right for all throughout Scotland to Gaelic education.

2.3

 

e

005-5 Importance of the place of education to include minority groups: i.e. schools specifically for Catholics and handicapped.

2.3

f

 

000-100 To see Christianity prosper and flourish in a nonbiased way.

2.4

 

 

000-100 Universal access to a liberal education, which encourages self-discipline and responsibility.

2.4

 

 

026-0 Hard on crime, law & order and benefit fraud.

2.4

 

 

027-0 Puts law and order to the very top of the priority list. Without law and order there is nothing. Make prisons a punishment - no soft options. Make all drugs illegal... People who work hard are sickened by benefit scroungers.

2.4

 

 

135-0 Dignity of human life is respected; religious freedom is assured; Catholic schools are retained.

2.4

 

 

155-6 More parents skilled in their task, a halt to the “dumbing down” process in society ... more prospects for the younger generations and stability in a society that has reverted to one that cares for other people.

2.4

f

 

260-5 Where people are listened to and not caricatured.

2.4

 

 

208- 15 Social, economic and political stability, proper stewardship of land and other resources, rooted in biblical principles of justice, compassion and fairness.

2.4

 

 

262-5 Society is free of prejudice - Aberdeen is a good example.

2.4

 

 

292-6 ... do not lead to dominance of any particular group or region.

2.4

 

 

171-5 The abuse of alcohol and drugs eliminated, and the aggressiveness and vandalism of young people channelled into constructive ways.

2.4

 

 

053-12 Education run by families rather than the state ... the Christian Bible taught thoroughly and systematically in the schools... Right of reply established BY LAW to defend ... belief in creation rather than evolution.

2.4

 

 

010-2 The number of people who are injured or killed on the roads every year is excessive due to unthoughtful drink drivers. Ban people who have any type of alcoholic drink from driving. Take the limit right down.

2.4

f

y

019-3 Lower the age of driving, drinking and smoking.

2.4

f

y

075-5 Taxes are down, homelessness is wiped out and people are nice.

2.4

 

y

128-4 ... in which Christian values are cherished and practised.

2.4

 

 

132-12 Everyone lives in peace.

2.4

 

 

210-1 Homes are warm and dry; food is safe; services are provided for those in need; natural resources are better protected against development and extraction; people have fulfilling activities and earn enough to care for themselves; renewable energy has almost finished replacing fossil and nuclear fuel.

2.4

f

 

179-8 A better living for all from the cradle to the grave.

2.4

 

 

239-1 From the work ethic comes success. The Ferguson clan motto based on the lifestyle of the bee on the thistle translates to, broadly, “From hard work comes sweetness.”

2.4

m

 

162-14 Women - or men - are paid to stay at home when their children are under 3.

2.4

 

 

028-1 All nuclear weapons are a fading memory and [nuclear] power plants being phased out. Oil production strictly regulated.

2.4

 

o

101-4 ... our children can have a secure future with adequate housing and a high standard of living.

2.4

f

y

022-6 A Scotland which cares for and serves all its people, looking to the future with confidence and fostering diversity and ecumenicalism.

2.4

 

 

247-0 All members of Scottish society treated as equals regardless of ... gender identification and sexual orientation.

2.4

 

 

297-6 By the year 2020 we would like to see a Scotland in which everyone lives in a decent warm home and in which steady employment is available to all. The education system will be better and we will be more skilled. We would like to see a rounded education system where all children are nurtured and leisure is provided too. Our young people will be listened to and so will have more confidence in themselves.

2.4

 

 

233-6 Integrity and concern for truth in public life ... recognising that long term quality of life for people is more important than short-term economic gain.

2.4

 

 

202-3 Parliament recognises the place of the National Church in its deliberations.

2.4

m

 

280-4 All have the opportunity to strive after their aspirations.

2.4

 

 

324-7 There were no guns, weapons and knives. These have been banned... No calling people names. People would talk nicely to each other.

2.4

 

d

056-2 Not too heavily taxed. Equity across urban and rural communities. Family valued and supported. Diversity of people and cultures is respected, maintained and sustained. Education is “sorted oot.”

2.4

f

 

059-5 Scotland should continue to have a sense of Christian teaching, values and ethics, while being open to the views of other faiths. We would like the churches to have a voice.

2.4

 

 

059-5 Streets should be kept clean.

2.4

 

 

068-4 ... where people are not judged by their appearance.

2.4

 

y

060-4 [A Scotland which] may achieve independence with people who take both their responsibilities and rights seriously and have a moral code with the 10 Commandments at its centre, these being common to Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

2.4

f

 

144-8 Children are allowed to be children.

2.4

 

 

237-25 There is more sunshine [and] the sea level hasn’t risen. There is no religious bigotry or any prejudice because of age, race, creed, disability or sexual orientation.

2.4

 

 

129-6 There is no cruelty/experiments on/to animals.

2.4

 

 

141-0 Respect for married state and family values; a higher moral tone in radio, TV and newspapers; religion given a higher profile.

2.4

 

 

258-3 We return to traditional family values without necessarily turning the clock back.

2.4

 

 

380-2 Football should be reintroduced to schools to improve the standards of the game and bring pride when club and the nation of Scotland do well.

2.4

m

y

097-8 No high-rise flats; full employment; no pollution; no child or animal abuse; peace and justice with fair employment and rewards; high standards of education for all children; people and children can play [in] safety; elderly to have free telephones and TV licences; higher state pensions and a quality of life where everyone has someone to love, something to do and something to look forward to.

2.4

 

 

251-20 All religions are fully recognised and given equal status within the body politic.

2.4

 

 

150-9 ... in which the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Rights in all its 30 Articles is agreed to and adhered to; a Scotland which has addressed positively the issues of homelessness, unemployment, drugs, land reform, prison overcrowding, protection of human life at all its stages, respect for every individual, for human rights; a Scotland which is open to other nations and ethnic groups, refugees.

2.4

f

 

223-10 There is no poverty, discrimination, homelessness and no Trident. We would have policies that stop us polluting land and sea.

2.4

 

 

385-2 The ideals of Fletcher of Saltoun should be used as guidelines.

2.4

m

y

090-10 Genuine freedom of speech based on a free and pluralistic press uncontrolled by commercial power.

2.4

 

 

205-8 We want to see our advanced technology being used to provide for all members of society and to enhance Christian values.

2.4

 

 

096-30 No curfew, no AIDS, racism, teenage pregnancy nor drugs. [Yes to] gun ban ... [and] fair prices policy.

2.4

 

 

298-4 A tax provision which would allow parents to stay at home to care for their children, for a 4 year period.

2.4

 

 

215-0 …opportunities for personal development are maximised and in which all the population, despite location, class, race or background, are given the chance to realise their potential.

2.4

 

 

174-5 Green policies as a norm in action. Complementary therapies available through NHS. Humanitarian treatment of animals.

2.4

f

e

167-5 We hope too for a growing realisation of the need for a strengthening of family life within a climate and a framework of enlightened religious freedom coupled with improved standards of community life and a significant drop in lawlessness.

2.4

 

o

092-12 Each and every individual should feel secure in their home and have the ability and right to eat, drink, and make merry.

2.4

 

 

267-3 Society is much more egalitarian than at present, more like the Scandinavian countries or New Zealand: we need a model based on more egalitarian countries to develop a vision of the future.

2.4

 

 

339-6 We also feel that more money should be earmarked for charity.

2.4

 

y

194-7 [We want to see] respect for other people, including the integration of feminine values [and] an open discussion of spiritual value. We are able to celebrate our culture alongside all the cultures of the world, and our children are deeply valued.

2.4

 

 

048-16 Respect for human life - abortion reform and abolition; ban euthanasia.

2.4

 

 

312-30 People are valued for themselves.

2.4

 

 

032-4 Power to legislate on abortion - tighter controls.

2.4

 

 

199-3 We [hope to be] financially independent and stable, better recognition as an independent nation, future generations having initiative and motivation, equal opportunities.

2.4

 

 

309-6 We would like to see more Christian people in prominent positions.

2.4

 

 

306-4 There is a classless society.

2.4

 

 

005-5 Tolerance irrespective of religion , race and social standing.

2.4

f

 

420-8 A future in which we have found new ways of being a man in Scotland; where boys can grow up with sensitivity and creativity rather than role models that promote destructive male values.

2.4

 

 

094-40 A Scotland where “volunteering” was valued, where Scottish education was again the envy of the world and where the people of Scotland benefited from sustained growth.

2.4

 

 

135-0 Improved basic standard of housing. Local amenities provided. Homelessness abolished.

2.5

 

 

269-0 Conception of Education for life is properly resourced. Housing has a minimum standard. Building of mixed communities (i.e. different tenures).

2.5

 

 

170-60 There is a national strategy to tackle alcohol misuse and adequate resources to do so.

2.5

 

 

292-6 ... better provision for cyclists.

2.5

 

 

292-6 There is a penal system based more on restorative justice, and making more use of non-custodial sentencing.

2.5

 

 

053-12 Scottish art to be taken out of the cellar in the National Gallery and prominently displayed.

2.5

 

 

012-30 Sports in Scotland, health of our nation and education.

2.5

m

y

188-2 [In 2020 we would like to see that] Our education system provides opportunities for all to develop individual potential, ensure full employment and recognise the value of participation in recreational activities.

2.5

 

o

413-350 Reduction in military hardware and defence forces.

2.5

 

 

419-0 Scottish research in ground-based astronomy, for example, should be maintained at its level of second-to-none.

2.5

 

 

319-5 Education is designed to help individuals realise and develop their own potential... Women in particular realise their own potential and value within society.

2.5

 

 

201-10 The complete abolition of the standard charges on electricity, telephones, gas etc. (sooner than 2020)

2.5

 

o

111-4 Improvement and the continuation of free healthcare.

2.5

f

y

149-8 ... the education system challenges the prevailing money culture by valuing people through giving them opportunities for critical questions and reflection. This will allow them to develop their own set of purposeful and meaningful values and to contribute to the wellbeing of Scottish society.

2.5

 

 

407-10 There should be wheelchair access for all new buildings. Traffic lights should give people more time to cross roads... There should be direct trains to France and more public transport in general.

2.5

 

d

020-12 Inclusive education - all children belonging in ordinary schools. More facilities outside school for young people - not just in deprived areas.

2.5

 

 

218-11 Improved health care in which eye tests, dentistry and prescriptions are either free or more affordable and which provides equal care for all sections of the community including the elderly and the poor.

2.5

 

 

227-250 Those experiencing depression receive adequate treatment and support appropriate to their needs.

2.5

 

 

162-14 No-one needs to worry about old age because the state pension is sufficient. Minimum wage is set which will eliminate the poverty trap. Education, including university, is free for everyone.

2.5

 

 

118-5 A better health service - more beds, nurses, etc. [and] better pay for nurses, care assistants, etc..

2.5

f

y

024-15 Support for the arts reaching right down into local communities.

2.5

 

d

120-4 No more privatisation.

2.5

 

 

273-0 We would like a better environment in this community [Craigmillar] and permanent housing, semis with own gardens that do not need patching up. We would like a “bobby on the beat”.

2.5

f

 

104-5 Keep the PILL FREE; tax-free tampons, etc..

2.5

 

y

233-6 There is an integrated transport system with reduced atmospheric pollution providing services throughout the country, especially rural and island communities.

2.5

 

 

121-6 Ensures that essential services such as health, police, water, sewerage, electricity and gas are controlled by directly elected and accountable local councils.

2.5

 

 

202-3 Investment is made in our rail network.

2.5

m

 

324-7 More underground stations, more buses, fewer cars.

2.5

 

d

044-4 A health system fully funded by government.

2.5

 

 

070-5 We would like to see more attention given to sports, for example, new leisure centres, which would bring a lot of the youths off the street, bring communities together [and alleviate] the drug problem.

2.5

 

y

071-5 We would like living standards to be improved. Society is changing at a fast rate and we feel education should go at the same pace.

2.5

 

y

034-3 Maintaining excellence in education and access to further education for all - especially [for] poorer students.

2.5

 

 

220-12 We would like to see a Scotland in which the importance of the arts is recognised and properly supported. By 2020 there should be proper financial arrangements in place to support young artists, whether in the performing arts, in music, in literature and the visual arts. This is crucial in the development of the kind of cultural self-confidence which our people need, and it cannot be assumed that our new-found political status as a nation will lead to a growth of our cultural self-expression.

2.5

 

y

146-9 All children involved in mainstream schools.

2.5

 

 

133-0 Better police control in streets [and] the youth facilities to go to in order to stay off the streets.

2.5

 

 

137-0 Taking care of the old and people who can’t look after themselves... Quality homes for all.... Good and just policing.

2.5

 

 

294-8 Waiting lists for operations to be abolished.

2.5

 

 

150-9 We would want equal opportunities once again in education, and an NHS which puts patients, and especially the poor and the elderly, first. A Scotland which cares about people.

2.5

f

 

193-30 New non-corrupting and positive centres/ punishment centres should be created.

2.5

 

 

322-20 Less cars, more bicycles and provision for bicycles.

2.5

 

y

322-20 More janitors and better school security. Each school should have a school newspaper to vice children’s views.

2.5

 

y

181-14 …wish to witness…the re-emergence of a health service affordable to all and non-dependent on charitable activities for the purchase of vital equipment.

2.5

 

 

398-6 We would like better policing of visible crime, like neighbourhood nuisances, drinking in public, loud thuggish behaviour.

2.5

 

d

102-4 A sense of compassion and responsibility is instilled in our children; education is better funded; there would be less emphasis on competition within the NHS and between schools.

2.5

f

o

166-3 More creative and inventive methods of catching criminals should be employed. There should be improved policing and more efficient use of police time.

2.5

 

 

087-5 Some of the best traditions of Scottish education should be maintained and developed, notably the multi-disciplinary Ordinary Degree. There should be more Scottish content in the curriculum at all stages [and] cultural activity should be properly funded.

2.5

 

 

087-5 We would like to see a return to the principle of a Health Service which is free at the point of need - including the services of dentists and opticians... We are willing to pay more taxes provided the revenue is properly used and the agenda is based on [social justice and Scottish cultural] priorities.

2.5

 

 

326-10 There are more recreational facilities in rural areas.

2.5

 

d

333-40 Two priorities we would like to see are an improved Health Service and Education Service [which] we hope will take higher priority in spending plans than, say, the “Millennium Dome”.

2.5

 

e

192-6 [We hope for] more resources to further health research and therefore increase the real possibility of finding cures for Cancer, HIV and other long term illnesses. Increased access to local community based learning opportunities for adults and young people with smaller class sizes and more motivated and forward thinking teachers.

2.5

f

 

125-13 ... employment is available to all, linked to accessible and affordable education throughout life.

2.5

 

 

125-13 There will be a real choice available in childcare and support for parents who wish to care full-time for children up to 5.

2.5

 

 

125-13 We expect a better use of resources in the health service, a less top-heavy management and greater value given to human resources - face-to-face access to doctors and nurses - on a local basis and a choice of race and gender in each area.

2.5

 

 

109-1 An integrated full public transport system enables people to move freely in urban areas and not be isolated in rural parts.

2.5

 

 

186-2 …want Scottish Society to offer…5% of NHS expenditure…as bonuses after tubal-tie (vasectomy) for [various] patients under 50.

2.5

 

o

320-9 More therapeutic criminal justice system, more open prisons, alternatives to prison, more police on the street, fines for destroying environment, better house protection, alarms, etc., more police recognition of abusive neighbours and anti-social behaviour, less smoking and drinking in public.

2.5

 

 

083-6 Health service - truly national, including NOT “officiously keeping alive”!

2.5

 

 

301-6 More efficient policing system, i.e. more police on beat, more awareness and support for and from communities.

2.5

 

 

222-0 Police must be stationed in their own areas and keep a close liaison with the residents, with the police being encouraged to buy their houses and stay in the area for longer terms.

2.5

 

 

117-6 ... there is a fair system that will provide good quality housing for the population. We want money to be ring-fenced to fund important issues like health and education, and we want a work culture and not a dependency culture to be promoted.

2.5

 

 

177-6 We would still like to have local army regiments represented, and no further expansion of the areas under the control of police, fire, water, etc..

2.5

 

 

409-5 The British Rail link to the Borders and beyond [receives] urgent consideration.

2.5

m

o

000-100 A broad economy based on a diversity of skills ... nourishing Scotland’s cultural talents.

2.6

 

 

396-9 Get the money in Scotland from the oil industry instead of it all going down South.

2.6

 

d

053-12 Biblical taxation must prevail - 10% only to the state, leaving money in the hands of the families to encourage investment in industry.

2.6

 

 

074-5 Successful at sport and in the forefront of the economic world.

2.6

 

y

283-50 Check aeroplanes to prevent them crashing.

2.6

 

d

413-350 More home-grown industry and centres of research and development.

2.6

 

 

131-0 Offer savings and loans at very low interest.

2.6

 

 

319-5 The media gives more emphasis to positive reporting.

2.6

 

 

291-5 Incentives are introduced to encourage the growth of a diversity of industries - particularly film and tourism. The “shortbread” image of Scotland is used to our advantage abroad.

2.6

 

 

111-4 Improve economic self-sufficiency in making the best use of our resources, i.e. hydro-electric, oil, gas.

2.6

f

y

216-4 Legislation has been enacted to ensure our use of renewable resources - wind, water, sun - with a requirement on all developers to comply, thus lowering costs. Water remains in the public domain. We are suspicious of PFI schemes. Start-up capital is available to “small” people to generate “small” businesses, including recycling. The big boys’ inward investment has not been a howling success.

2.6

f

 

162-14 Businesses are given incentives to stay in Scotland and penalised if they move.

2.6

 

 

189-9 We hope that Scotland will build up manufacturing industries again- new technology- perhaps help could be offered in the form of start-up schemes.

2.6

 

 

242-7 There is a sound indigenous manufacturing industry. There are minimum wages and a raised respect for “menial jobs”. The school system is directed also to the present underachievers (our present schools are OK for the “talented”) ... Training in skills rather than pure knowledge is priority.

2.6

 

 

121-6 Highly qualified and experienced people are encouraged by salary and constructive roles to stay in Scotland.

2.6

 

 

107-3 Protect the environment while promoting investment and industry in the Highlands.

2.6

 

y

202-3 There is strict control of retail developments to preserve our town centres and communities.

2.6

m

 

046-18 Tourism - creating a national culture.

2.6

 

 

061-6 An influx of investment in hopefully skilled manufacturing jobs. If more people are in employment, then the burden of paying for the Scottish Parliament will be spread more evenly. Effort should be reflected in salary levels.

2.6

 

 

141-0 Air transport directly to Europe and elsewhere without diversion to London.

2.6

 

 

152-0 Have a solid business strategy for existing jobs and to enable youths to get easy access to training and education.

2.6

 

 

256-4 Lessens the rich-poor divide and sets a liveable minimum wage.

2.6

 

 

380-2 Encourage Scottish entrepreneurs and offer grants to Scottish, not foreign business... Foreign companies leave in search of greater profit.

2.6

m

y

342-3 More head offices located in Scotland as opposed to branches.

2.6

 

y

405-0 We want to establish business and trade links, cultural exchanges and educational interests with Pakistan to bring economic and educational benefits both for Scotland and Pakistan.

2.6

 

e

102-4 Industry is actively encouraged... Our parliament is internationalist and enables Scotland to play its part in the global community.

2.6

f

o

238-17 ... people have job security and job satisfaction; there is less dependency on service industries and an increase in manufacturing industries; people support their home industries.

2.6

f

 

414-1200 Rural Scotland comprises the majority of Scotland’s land mass. Employment and economic issues need careful thought, taking a community and local perspective as well as a global one.

2.6

 

 

166-3 ... an improved economic system where more control of the economy rests in Scotland [with] independence in economic decision making... There should be less international control of industry which [should be] more technologically based and improved investment opportunities and tax incentives.

2.6

 

 

163-11 Foreign business/investment more strictly controlled (eg. Hyundai). Taxation levels must not frighten established businesses away from Scotland. More encouragement for small business. Fairer commercial rating system.

2.6

 

 

338-23 There is full employment... Young people can have a trade once more, if they wish it.

2.6

 

 

048-16 Fair and full employment.

2.6

 

 

306-4 Aims for full employment as priority. Returns to proper apprenticeships to provide skilled labourers.

2.6

 

 

306-4 Government has more control over the press.

2.6

 

 

310-3 We would like to see a fairer society where the rights and conditions of employees are respected, e.g. limiting temporary contracts and profit sharing with the entire workforce.... An impetus for full adult employment.

2.6

 

 

221-0 Fairer distribution of employment throughout the whole of Scotland.

2.6

 

 

203-23 The sexual exploitation of young people and children actually is as rare as it was once believed to be- [we want a Scotland] where people are supported in healing from destructive experiences. Scottish law must become safe and accessible to victims, especially children. [We favour the introduction of] Family Conciliation Courts or other initiatives which have been successful abroad.

2.7

 

 

151-30 The dire social standards and housing in estates like Logie in Aberdeen are finally removed [and] social stability is established.

2.7

 

 

315-20 A disability discrimination act. Access to all public buildings through front doors. Accessible transport.

2.7

 

d

397-12 No bullying.

2.7

 

d

397-12 Pay for disabled people even if they only work 1 hour per week. Equal and fair prices for food throughout Scotland.

2.7

 

d

053-12 Welfare to be abolished and the bureaucratic hoardes disbanded: “If you don’t work then you don’t eat” enforced for all able-bodied adults. The prison system must be abolished and Biblical penalties established [with] the death penalty in place for drug pushers, paedophiles, homosexuals, baby murderers through abortion and vandals.

2.7

 

 

067-4 We would like to reduce the inequality of lifestyle of the Scottish population in the cities. We would like to break the cycle of poverty in generations of families who “don’t work.”

2.7

 

 

078-5 There is no prejudice against people from other countries.

2.7

 

y

288-8 We want to see a Scotland in which none of its citizens are disenfranchised, no-one sleeping rough or dependent on charities for food and clothing.

2.7

 

 

341-50 People are working and the Country is productive and competitive. Poverty and poor people no longer exist.

2.7

 

e

325-6 All children are valued as individuals and have the same opportunities in life, regardless of any disability.

2.7

f

 

240-15 We (ethnic Indians - some rich, some poor) would like to see Scotland as a caring society, which may involve lowering the standard of living of all people for the benefit of the needy and those who are deprived.

2.7

 

e

407-10 People with learning difficulties are treated with more respect. Many of us have been the victims of bullying and name-calling on the streets. Very young children need to be taught how hurtful this is so they won’t do it when they are older.

2.7

 

d

020-12 A fair society that doesn’t depend on your postcode. Not being ashamed of your address - no stigma attached to living in Pilton. Improved life expectancy for people who live in what, at the moment, are called “deprived areas.”

2.7

 

 

020-12 No more “tale of two cities.” Where it’s okay to have a car and for people not to assume because of where you live you’ve stolen it. Getting rid of put downs - i.e. “speak to when you’re spoken to,” “I kent your faither.”

2.7

 

 

161-15 There is a Mental Health Commission with stronger powers and greater independence from the medical establishment. There is no stigma attached to mental illness... There are adequate safeguards for vulnerable people and an end to abuse. There is a greater range of treatments and strategies available for responding to mental illness, and a greater choice for mental health service users. There is a greater openness to debate among mental health professionals and across a wider society. Mental health legislation geared better to individual circumstances and to maintaining independence and dignity.

2.7

 

d

400-7 There is no discrimination and no anti-English feelings.

2.7

 

d

099-150 People with learning disabilities are treated as human beings, [with] proper funding made available for care in the community. More consultation on needs at grass root level [and] less like a cattle market [with] people going to the highest bidder [for care service provision].

2.7

 

 

120-4 Cleaner place to live in, better housing and health service, no more homeless people on the streets and more jobs for long-term unemployed.

2.7

 

 

273-0 No discrimination by employers against people from certain areas.

2.7

f

 

274-0 Our young people will receive education and insight into mental health problems and other kinds of disabilities so that there is less discrimination and prejudice.

2.7

 

d

100-96 It is legal to grow your own cannabis plants (an coca plants) for personal consumption. Imports of cannabis are licensed and taxed. No-one goes to jail for drug offences. [Parliament should] divert money to treatment of drug problems and away from courts, prisons and police intervention.

2.7

 

 

211-10 …in which there is fair and compassionate treatment of refugees and asylum-seekers.

2.7

f

 

233-6 An open and supportive policy for genuine asylum seekers.

2.7

 

 

289-8 There is an equitable distribution of resources and opportunities for all with Scottish people willing to pay higher taxes to make this possible.

2.7

f

 

289-8 Where violence against women, and abuse of power to control or limit others’ lives, is socially and legally unacceptable.

2.7

f

 

121-6 ... pays and encourages people to work rather than utilise the benefits system. Similarly help people to escape from the rent trap.

2.7

 

 

252-10 The eradication of poverty - physical, spiritual, emotional.

2.7

 

 

036-30 The standard of living has been raised to the level where areas of deprivation no longer exist [and] there are no homeless people sleeping rough in streets or parks.

2.7

 

o

057-6 [Being] deprived and marginalised should become nationally unacceptable. Everyone is equal and has got an income and a job. Everything should be bottom up.

2.7

 

 

017-3 Social exclusion is a priority, especially spatial concentration.

2.7

 

 

016-6 Welfare, housing, pensions, reduced TV licence for senior citizens and reduced prescription charges.

2.7

 

o

063-4 Due to the nature of our work in homelessness we would like to see the Scottish Parliament address the issues which cause homelessness, create jobs and address social policies.

2.7

 

 

065-9 Disabled people are treated as equal citizens and not as a minority group of people to be pitied.

2.7

f

d

014-6 [Everything is] important but [only] if poverty is challenged. It’s a reflection on our society how we treat our “poor.”

2.7

f

 

039-18 Distribution of wealth - taxation of earning rather than spending.

2.7

 

 

069-4 Drugs, unemployment and homeless problems will hopefully decrease substantially.

2.7

 

y

071-5 All people of all age groups and background can enjoy our country.

2.7

 

y

021-5 Abolish punitive measures which enslave people in the poverty trap - e.g. welfare benefit cuts.

2.7

 

 

323-8 Better public services for Asian women, for whom Zero Tolerance has not worked.

2.7

f

 

119-18 All people within our communities are valued as equal citizens, regardless of ability, and where equal access to all aspects of life in our communities is an agreed priority for public policy.

2.7

 

 

392-6 ... a Scotland which invitees people of other races and religions, and offers them complete safety.

2.7

 

y

091-4 A more redistributive tax system

2.7

 

 

130-23 A campaign to encourage teachers to become teachers of the deaf as there is a great shortage in Scotland. Every deaf child to have access to all new technology from computers to hearing aids, requiring liaison between health education and social work. Adequate funding for deaf children in mainstream education - this provision not to be seen as a cheap option.

2.7

 

 

130-23 The stronger accept it as their inheritance to assist those who through no fault of their own [deaf children, etc.] need occasional or even permanent support. If this needs a reallocation of resources then our Parliament should be willing.

2.7

 

 

090-10 Equal rights to justice, housing, health care, education to all levels and a dignified old age.

2.7

 

 

200-17 [We hope to see] great big changes! Plenty of jobs for everyone.

2.7

 

 

232-30 All racist attacks are recognised as such and shown to be intolerable to the judicial system.

2.7

 

e

172-20 We (people with learning disabilities) want to be treated better, especially by professionals who make the decisions. [We need] better roads, pavements and crossings.

2.7

 

d

006-2 More sensible and beneficial to the stability and growth of children.

2.7

 

 

103-20 People with all disabilities have a better chance in life, to be made equal with all able-bodied, and more help for carers... In Scotland we want to be the best and most caring for ALL people.

2.7

 

d

082-4 If required we would pay more tax to fund improvements  in health and education. Aim for a more equal society eliminating the ever-widening gap between wealthy and the poor. Develop a sense of community with special attention to the elderly, disabled and especially children.

2.7

f

 

250-10 Old people can afford to heat their houses in winter.

2.7

 

d

005-5 Redress unemployment - lack of job opportunity for the young resulting in lack of personal values.

2.7

f

 

373-1300 We would like to see the views of the elders of the society listened to and taken into consideration... We would like to see the appointment of a Minister whose sole responsibility would be on matters pertaining to the “elderly”.

2.7

 

o

175-6 There will be no poverty.

2.7

 

 

182-0 …there is real democratic government supporting people in the community who need care.

2.8

 

 

244-1 We are not paying a TARTAN TAX and paying for jobs for the boys.

2.8

 

 

259-5 We have a government which we own and trust, because it is open and consults and takes on board what the people want. We want the government and the people to take responsibility for their communities and the environment.

2.8

 

 

076-5 A nation where people have more power to make decisions.

2.8

 

y

020-12 Use advocacy as a bridge between MSP and the public, MPs spending a lot o time in their constituencies listening to different views.

2.8

 

 

025-40 A written constitution. Consensus and co-operation replace confrontation.

2.8

 

 

216-4 Abandon the extremes of Thatcherism and nationalisation and, after both disastrous experiments, develop a combination which creates fairness and decency for all. Refute Philip Gould: - “politics is a question of presentation and media and public acceptability.”

2.8

 

 

216-4 There is a Freedom of Information bill.

2.8

f

 

073-325 All young people were educated in the broad values of democracy, and in particular, in the operation of the Scottish parliament. We [the Modern Studies Association] would hope that young people could see politics as important and something in which they wish to be involved. To achieve this, we would hope to see Modern Studies being taught in all schools at all levels.

2.8

 

 

023-15 There should be independence, civil rights and prosperity for all. We do not want to be controlled by quangos.

2.8

 

d

233-6 A devolved Parliament within the UK and with a constitutional monarch.

2.8

 

 

064-17 Parliament will engender a spirit which will be encouraging to those who in the past, have considered Whitehall somewhat remote, and will therefore feel that a Scottish Parliament is, which it is, looking after the jobs, the health, the education, the housing etc. of Scotland.

2.8

 

 

054-6 People Power in local government so that we are in control rather than a minority group of Rascalism in the council for benefit of their own ends. Return of expenses only of city fathers, no high wages. Make it work as before when Keir Hardy, Ramsay McDonald, Willie Gallaher, Provost Roberts, Provost Gray & Co. were powerful for Glasgow Council.

2.8

 

 

167-5 ... there has been a drastic reversal in the trend towards dictatorial government control [of local authorities] and a firm commitment to a healthy democratic local control by locally elected representatives with adequate powers and financial resources.

2.8

 

o

006-2 To see Christianity prosper and flourish - religion and morals reinforcing [Parliament] in the education of society through the political and social agenda.

2.8

 

 

169-2 We would like to see service as the driving force of attitude and action and humility and humour replacing pride and bitterness in the media and in all confrontations.

2.8

 

 

007-7 Gender equality (both amongst MSPs and in wider society).

2.8

 

 

007-7 Promotes meaningful consultation and debate rather than meaningless and exclusive forms and rituals. Shows a willingness to listen and involve people by travelling to different parts of the country. Honest and open [and] a building which is as accessible as possible.

2.8

 

 

266-8 Scottish people should be more politicised, taking control of decisions which affect their life.

2.8

 

 

266-8 Scottish people should be more political, taking control of decisions which affect their life.

2.8

 

 

303-4 The English Aristocracy play a less dominant role in Scottish Affairs.

2.8

 

 

197-4 The churches are actively involved in social justice and politics (but not party politics).

2.8

 

 

093-7 The representatives should reflect the people NOT the party.

2.8

 

 

265-0 Get away from the “blame” culture that is so obvious at Westminster.

2.8

 

 

038-12 [A Scotland] of all its parts, where even the remotest inhabitants can feel involved and represented. Interactive technology in accessible public places can contribute most, and its development should be prioritised.

2.8

 

 

369-14 The views of a rural locality are not swallowed up by representatives from the urban Central belt.

2.8

 

 

026-0 Global player, not in politics but in standards of education, technology and health care.

2.9

 

 

317-0 Hope that we can reach out to other countries in their times of need.

2.9

 

 

261-0 ... we take pride in ourselves and have more to be proud of than the carrot cake currently being produced by Scotland for the Millennium Dome.

2.9

 

 

277-10 ... the higher values of love, peace, respect, etc., are a reality for all ... thus forming the basis for friendly international relations and mutual benefit.

2.9

 

 

053-12 The Scottish flag encouraged and the Union Jack abandoned as a thing of colonialism.

2.9

 

 

011-5 We want Parliament to recognise us as part of the nation of Britain [so that we are] included in nationwide issues.

2.9

f

y

077-5 [A Scotland which] has held many world sporting events.

2.9

 

y

319-5 Scotland will support peace and understanding worldwide... A progressive society where human rights and justice are fully recognised both within Scotland and in its dealings with other states.

2.9

 

 

291-5 An independent state has developed which welcomes the free movement of its people and others, and recognises England as its closed ally and trading partner.

2.9

 

 

395-12 We would like to get rid of the military, archaic landed gentry and large foreign conglomerates. We want nuclear disarmament, to be ecologically aware and improving health and education. We want to be strongly part of United Nations and be an example in improving world situations.

2.9

 

d

108-4 ... financially independent as a nation but with a joint defence policy with Britain [and] our own identity as an independent nation.

2.9

 

y

106-6 ... would like to be a recognised functioning member of the EU.

2.9

f

y

028-1 Independent foreign policy.

2.9

 

o

224-99 People & Parliament “act locally and think globally” - but short on rhetoric and strong on action. An holistic approach to personal, social and environmental education for all ages.... There is encouragement of reuse, repair and recycling of materials, and discouragement of unnecessary consumption, especially of non-renewable resources.

2.9

 

 

157-0 As a nation, we take steps to improve the global problem of sharing resources.

2.9

 

 

273-0 We would like financial control through Independence.

2.9

f

 

213-8 Parliament [should] declare all Treaties giving away our right to self-determination to foreign powers, bodies or organisations to be null and void without the agreement of 90% of our peoples.

2.9

 

 

264-12 Scottish law being the law with justice.

2.9

 

 

127-4 Scotland is not fully independent, but has greater control over its own affairs.

2.9

f

 

279-7 It should be realised that now that Scotland is forming its own Parliament, England should respect our views and our status as a nation.

2.9

 

 

147-62 We would want to see the Scottish Parliament working credibly and co-operatively with the UK Government. Our vision is that of a Scotland whose people take pride in their country and their culture while regarding themselves as citizens of the UK and of Europe; a people who are politically aware and caring towards vulnerable groups in society.

2.9

f

 

107-3 People who are proud of their autonomy but work creatively with Britain and Europe as a whole.

2.9

 

y

184-12 [We want to see] a World Cup win!

2.9

 

y

017-3 Have the confidence to develop a distinctively Scottish agenda ... to demonstrate it can do things differently [with] distinctively Scottish solutions including courage to raise money. Need to be open to Europe but work with Scottish culture and challenge complacency.

2.9

 

 

042-7 To care for global interests for Scotland and for other nations too, to take their place in the World situation.

2.9

 

 

051-8 We could take a lead in Europe and in the world in terms of human rights and representative structures which are responsive.

2.9