Independence make a difference to me?
On May 1st you have a simple choice. Vote for Labour and you’ll
wait… and wait. Contrary to what they tell you, nothing
has changed. And nothing will. The wealth gap between Scotland
and the UK is widening as Scotland languishes at the bottom
of the European growth league — but in Labour’s
thinking, Scotland is not a priority. Vote for the SNP on May
1st and you’ll see a difference.
That is because our ambition is to release our country's
potential. We think Scotland could, and should, be free of
poverty. Our old and infirm should be respected and well treated.
No one should feel afraid on our streets. We should all be
able to achieve every bit as much as other countries our own
What we are asking for on May 1st is for the chance to prove
ourselves to you. To make as much of a difference as we can
with the current powers of the Scottish Parliament, and to
show why we need the powers of Independence.
So if you support us in May and give us the chance to be
the new government of Scotland, we will start to sort out
the problems in our public services that Labour and the Liberal
Democrats have created.
We will improve public services and make them more accountable.
We will increase nurses’ pay which will mean more nurses,
and more nurses mean more beds for patients. We will cut business
rates which will boost competitiveness and growth. We’ll
provide 1,000 more police to make our streets safer. We’ll
also reduce class sizes to give Scotland’s children
the best start to their education. And by cutting government
down we will reclaim our public services for the people.
By doing this, and by being honest about what we can’t
do within the limited powers of the Scottish Parliament, we’ll
persuade you that only with Independence can we release Scotland’s
We want Independence because only with Independence can we
release Scotland’s potential. But it’s not the
SNP that will decide when Scotland becomes independent. It’s
the people of Scotland in a referendum that will be held during
our four-year term.
It is our job to convince anyone who still needs persuaded
of the case for Independence. We’ll do that by proving
ourselves as a government and by demonstrating how Scotland
could achieve so much more with the normal powers that Independence
Delivering our potential
Scotland is one of the richest countries in the world. So,
like every other normal country and nation, we want to use
the money raised in our own country on the priorities of our
own country. We want more people to be in more jobs to increase
the tax base and decrease reliance on benefits. Only with
a fast growing economy can government raise more in taxes
without increasing the burden on the individual.
The SNP will give our economy, the engine of our prosperity
and our future, all the attention that it needs. We will increase
our links to Europe and the wider world. We will get our public
services back on track after years of neglect and mismanagement.
Throughout all areas of public life we will deliver.
Other small European countries have the power to compete
on their own terms. They are led by politicians whose utmost
priority is creating a better future for their people and
their country. They have the advantage of sitting at Europe’s
top table and of arguing for their own interests and industries.
For too long, Scotland has been led by politicians who say
we cannot afford to be independent. Yet it is those same politicians
who over the next five years will put the UK over £100
billion into the red. To those who say we cannot afford to
be independent, we say: why the economic double standard?
Why shouldn’t Scotland’s economy grow and prosper
for the benefit of the people. We want Scotland to work for
economic success so that economic success works for Scotland.
We want to release our potential.