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Independent Green Voice

LOCALISATION, not Globalisation

Globalisation is the name which has been given to the present global economic theory and process.

As a theory, it advocates de-regulating all trading conditions. The result, however, is that it takes power away from governments and peoples, thereby destroying the ability of individuals, communities and nation-states to determine their own existence, while wrecking the world's ecology.

In opposition to this, we advocate the economic theory and process of Localisation. This means discriminating in favour of, and orientating the economic system towards, local and national needs and markets. This helps to ensure that governments and peoples maintain control over their own economy, for their own benefit.

Our principle of Localisation is a key to deliver our Green Programme.

We stand in opposition to globalising organisations, including the WTO, the World Bank, the IMF, the EU, and corporate treaties such as the MAI, which replace nation-states and democracy with the domination of unrestrained corporate finance.

EUROPE: a SANE Relationship

It is impossible to consider Scotland's government, without also considering European Union government. Although membership of the EU is a reserved issue at Westminster, EU membership has been damaging for Scotland, especially for our agricultural and fishing enterprises.

We want to replace the present European Union with a Sovereign Association for the Nations of Europe. This means a SANE relationship where we agree to associate with our European friends in areas of mutual benefit, rather than a political Superstate where we must do what we're told, regardless of how much it hurts us.

The best way to achieve a SANE relationship is for Britain to leave the EU and show a new way by our own good example.

If we left the EU, we could easily save enough money to fund, for example, a new set of support mechanisms for our agriculture, or to fight the war on poverty.

In the meantime, we will use our Independent Green Voice in the Scottish Parliament to encourage a spirit of defiance to European Union laws which act against the best interests of the Scottish people.

For Economic Democracy - Establish a Public Investment Bank
Economic Democracy is the democratisation of economic power. This requires decentralising economic power, and economically empowering smaller units -- whether it is the individual, or the community, or the people collectively -- through democratic mechanisms.

The present method of money creation, whereby virtually all money comes into society as an interest bearing debt owed to the private banking system is contrary to the democratic imperative that the creation of money should be a public service, under public control for the public good.

The present method of money creation gives great power to those private individuals and organisations who create the money.

Economic Democracy would empower the people with the means of creating and controlling their own money supply. It would democratise the creation and control of money.

As a step towards Economic Democracy, we advocate that the Scottish Parliament establishes a democratic, accountable and not-for-profit Public Investment Bank -- a People's Bank -- which will create debt-free money, up to a certain annual amount, which will fund specific public projects which have been agreed by the Scottish Parliament.

A Public Investment Bank run on this basis would be able to create adequate funds with no need for tax rises. It would ensure a massive injection of public funds which could be made available, stimulating our economy, improving the quality of life for all citizens, while at the same time, ensuring no additional burden to the taxpayer.

We've got a Parliament for Scotland. Now we need a Bank for Scotland.

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