The SNP needs a real change in direction - and a more focussed approach to arguing the case for independence. We need to reach out to a much wider audience and stop relying on the Scottish Parliament as the sole focus of our campaigning. It is one of the most important tools we have but cannot be the be-all and end-all of the independence argument.

Friday, August 13, 2004

Party needs “policies designed for the future but rooted in the SNP’s radical tradition”

I want Scotland to be Independent, to rejoin the family of nations, to be normal again. It will never be enough for the SNP to rule in a devolved administration, and our leaders have to aim higher than the office of First Minister.

There is a job to be done in helping to deliver our country to freedom. Devolution isn’t the destination, merely the vehicle we use to reach Independence.

Throughout my campaign for the SNP leadership I have been entirely straight with the membership. There have been no deals, pacts or fixes and that is how I would lead the party.

In this manifesto I expand on my vision and strategy and go into detail on the issues I have been outlining in the early part of the campaign and how I want to see organisation of the party and the policy development work of the past four years continued and improved.

As leader I would seek to inspire the party to produce a policy platform that was based on an effective social justice agenda allied to boldly pragmatic wealth-creation initiatives: policies designed for the future but rooted in the SNP’s radical tradition.

NB My manifesto is available online at or follow the link in the title of this article


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