There are now just under two weeks left of the Jimmy Reid Foundation's fundraising appeal for our Common Weal project. The Common Weal is our vision of a fairer, more equal Scotland, with a high-wage economy, universal benefits, and strong public services.
We have successfully moved this vision to the centre of the constitutional debate by commisioning reports from experts across a range of disciplines.
So far, we've produced a paper on how a Common Weal approach can eradicate poverty in Scotland, a paper outlining how we can significantly increase our tax base without raising income or business taxes and on Sunday we launched a detailed report outlining the huge potential of Scotland's natural energy resources if we break with the disastrous UK Energy policy and build green renewable energy through democratic and public ownership.
We have received unprecedented cross-party support for the Common Weal, with our Director, Robin McAlpine, speaking to SNP MSP's on an away day, and due to speak to Labour MSP's in Holyrood later this year. The Scottish Green Party overwhelmingly supported the Common Weal at their recent Conference, and we're hopeful that the SNP will do the same at their upcoming Conference after their councillors unanimously backed the Common Weal last month.
We've had positive editorials from the Sunday Herald to the Sunday Mail.
Our aim is to make the Common Weal vision the left-of-centre consensus of a new Scottish model for economic and social development.
We launched a fundraising appeal to raise £25,000 because we need resources to reach the evident potential that the project has. We want to have a fully-fleshed programme for the future of Scotland finished in time for the referendum, with the core ideas known by every voter across Scotland. To achieve that we need:
The foundation entirely depends on donations - we are independent of business and political parties – and therefore we are relying on your support to make this happen.
You can donate by clicking here (and collect prizes of Common Weal badges and t-shirts).
The referendum debate on Scotland's future has opened up a historic opportunity to discuss what sort of society we want Scotland to be We believe the Common Weal model can answer that question positively and coherently. But we need your help to make it happen.