Frequently Asked Questions

Scottish Progressives were originally formed to oppose the spread of socialism sparked by Labour’s dominance of local councils.  We wish to revive the values of the Scottish Enlightenment and replace the dead hand of government with enthusiastic stakeholders working together for the common good.  We stand for localism enabled by volunteers.  This worked exceptionally well in Scotland before politics became a full time career for those with the loudest voices.  We also believe that most politicians have an inflated opinion of their capability to alter outcomes. Scottish Progressives on the other hand are committed to empowering people to control the issues that most affect their daily lives.

There is no credible party in Scotland today that represents economic and social liberalism.  Scotland’s biggest problem right now is New Labour’s failed experiment of scrapping lending control and growing the public sector beyond need, reason or affordability.  However, with all the main Scottish parties now signing up to a socialist agenda the Scottish Progressives must stand against all of them. Our commitment is not just to listen to people but to hand over the reins of power wherever possible.

Although we have yet to officially launch the party, we are already receiving encouragement and support from a wide range of people. However, the key qualities that will be essential in our candidates and personnel are;

  • recognition that Scotland has no future as a bureaucratic socialist state
  • acceptance that radical changes will be required and an open mind to reform
  • real life experience in employment, business or bringing up a family
  • the ability to respect other views, to inspire others and to trust them

We seek to provide a grassroots alternative to the mainstream parties.  We believe in giving individuals much greater responsibility, thus encouraging more personal freedom and initiative. We believe in reducing the size and scope of government so that individuals, families and businesses can take decisions for themselves.  Above all, we believe that the future of our country depends not on constitutional meddling or big government programmes but rather on releasing the talent and creativity that ordinary people possess.

That will be for others to decide although the press will doubtless be keen to attach a label.  However, we are a party of the progressive centre - not 'middle of the road' but a liberal, progressive and reformist party that opposes both state socialism and capitalist monetarism.  

We are both. We are Nationalist in the sense that we wish Scottish people to have much more say in their destiny and to feel that their wishes will be acted upon. However, we also take a pragmatic view of the Union and see more negatives than positives in outright separation. We believe that our Devo-Simple proposal is the most practical option and addresses a wide range of concerns.  However, there can be no doubt that change is most definitely needed as the status quo is not fit for purpose. The Scottish Progressives will not campaign against independence as, until the SNP actually disclose their master-plan, this would be both a futile and a negative exercise.

No, we think that Holyrood could be greatly improved with some sensible and measured reforms such as reducing the number of MSPs and extending their remit to cover all issues relevant to Scotland. We would also like to see new powers, such as the power to create Enterprise Zones which would enable Scotland to create a much more dynamic economy and we think that our Parliament would greatly benefit from a non-political revising chamber. Such a chamber, composed of people with real-life experience, would address the growing gap between politicians and those who elect them.  It would also improve policymaking which is currently dominated by political bias and a constant struggle to get re-elected.

  • Our main aims are very clear;
    • small government with greatly increased local autonomy
    • a competitive and liberal economy
    • meaningful deregulation and lower taxes
    • credible and effective reforms in the public services
    • attract people of experience, vision and competence into politics
    • concentrate on the root causes of our problems rather than the symptoms

    And, above all, to focus Scottish politics on real issues that affect our everyday lives, rather than the present debate about independence which is a diversion from more pressing problems.

There is no credible party in Scottish politics that represents economic and social liberalism.  The opposition has been virtually wiped out but still they cling to dismal and unaffordable policies.  Scotland’s biggest problem is a failed socialist experiment yet all the main Scottish parties, including the Conservatives, Scottish Nationalists and the Liberal Democrats have signed up to a socialist agenda.  We believe that the ideals of the Scottish Enlightenment must be revived if Scotland is to have any future.