Welcome to the Scottish Democratic Alliance Failte gu Partaidh Cho-Fhlaitheachd na h’Alba
The Scottish Democratic Alliance came into being as a result of a group of Scots, with a wide understanding of international affairs as well as extensive domestic public, private and third sector experience, realising that the SNP, although dedicated to working for Independence, were not preparing for the realities of Scotland being a self-governing country.
Reality, not political ideology, indicates that Scotland needs to be a low tax, business friendly, competitive, equal opportunity, investment worthy country, in order to grow our economy to provide the job opportunities denied to many Scots under UK rule.
Scotland is and always has been an international trading nation and we need to develop our industries within free trade agreements with Europe, the Commonwealth and the emerging markets worldwide.
Alongside the YES campaign, the SDA seek to fill the current need for positive information on what Independence will mean.
Knowledge of the real facts about Scotland's revenues and the reality that it is Scotland which is subsidising the UK will go far to dispel the "Fear of the Unknown", currently being ruthlessly exploited by the UK governmant and the Unionists.
The Barnett Formula Block Grant returns to Scotland less than half of the tax revenues generated in Scotland. When we control our own revenues all of it can be used to improve the services in our own country.
It should be noted that none of the 52 former colonies of the British Empire have ever asked to return to being controlled by the UK government..
Independence is an opportunity for Scots to take responsibility for our own future, and contrary to the propaganda of the UK government and the Unionists, the Scots possess all the skills and experience necessary to manage our own money and our own currency.
The party has three primary key democratic policies upon which it focuses.
1. A detailed draft Constitution
2. A commitment to banking reform
3. The use of National Referendums for all key issues of principle - Currently these are:
* Membership of the EFTA versus membership of the EU
* Membership of NATO versus bi-lateral treaties
* The Removal of the Trident nuclear weapons system from Scotland.
Interim National Council:
Convenor William Hogg, Political Leader James Trolland, Nominating Officer David Campbell - 07895 257359, Treasurer Dick Gagel - 01224 734031, Youth Section Liam Blades - 0752 3274484, Secretary Philip Bartholomew, Michael Granados.
A National Council will be appointed at the Autumn 2013 Annual General Meeting to replace the Interim National Council.
SDA office: 54 Clerk Street, Newington, Edinburgh EH8 9JB.