Dear First Minister
I have been thinking for a long time, mostly as an ex-pat, of how to restart or reboot communities, if you like, about taking Scotland forward and away from its political ties, and building Scotland from within.
Why not start a building Scotland from within and take the lead with regard to being self-sufficient and not wait for the internal change to happen? Politically it is going to change that’s for sure but the internal will take longer. I look at how the Irish did it as an example, they started pulling themselves in to be very outgoing but also very secular at the same time before they had broken away.
My idea is very simple - encourage the local farmers market to start supplying local vegetable, fruits etc to food banks in the area free of charge. With funding from the SG, local or national businesses and co-operation from local farmers and councils too to set up a SUPPLY fund – for example, 1 million pounds is raised.
This shows a unity of the Scottish people and business that they do not want to wait and will start building Scotland from within irrespective of whats happening politically, almost in defiance in a flag waving type of way!
The SUPPLY fund is used to encourage unemployed or small businesses or whoever to start local farming businesses.
- SUPPLY fund payment paid direct to local farmers/people for supplying the local food banks
- It may encourage farmers of land owners to rent land to local people to encourage them to grow their own supply for selling locally
- The produce grown locally is supplied direct to the food banks.
- So, the fund pays the farmers costs to supply fresh and clean and local fruit and veg etc to the food banks and local people.
- Local growers could grow to provide other businesses
- Local people start eating healthily again, local people start earning an income and having an interest locally.
There is obviously huge scope for expansion for local areas as it is rolled out nationally.
Scotland has huge resources as you know, nothing more so than the people. When Independence comes it will hurt for some and there will be division in some parts of the country and society. That is 100%. Perhaps if communities are starting to build from within in this type of manner, it might soften the blow for a lot of people when it happens.
Reading this again it sounds like the middle ages!! but I think in an Independent Scotland there will be huge opportunity that some will grab, this gives the opportunity to those with less to grab onto the new Scotland with everyone else helping and pulling them along.
I have been an ex-pat for around 15 years and I always said I would move back on Independence, maybe sooner. Maybe it sounds too Utopian but its just my thoughts thinking about my country and how it is changing from the outside looking in. It is such an exciting time and I guess this is just my contribution instead of doing nothing.
Thank you very much for your time, Good Luck and it’s a great time to be Scottish and I have to thank your party for that. Seeing the door was opened and taking everyone through it.BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS