91: Time to Defect…

…to the Federation of Small Businesses? A staunch member of the SNP for 35 years, I’ve never endorsed another’s manifesto. But I find the FSB’s booklet laced with a sense that would lead us out of this economic fankle faster than anything I have heard espoused by UK parties and can’t quibble with:

  • it is in both private and public sectors’ interests to return to growth quickly
  • Scotland’s business support agencies should collate and promote information about all sources of business finance (to bypass banks’ excessive demands)
  • link the amount Holyrood has to spend with Scotland’s economic performance (thus hard-wiring economics into the decision making process)
  • ScotRail should provide reliable 3G Mobile and Wi-fi on all key rail routes
  • by focussing on account-managed companies, Scottish Enterprise touches few of Scotland’s 297,000 businesses
  • to survive, town centres need to have more economically active people in a wider range of activities (more local jobs -> more money -> more local spend)

I disagree with parts (e.g. doing away with council-level decision-making), but all prospective MSPs should digest this booklet. Big banks got us into this mess but 99% of Scottish businesses employ under 250 people. It’s time politicians tuned in to them.


About davidsberry

Local councillor, tour guide and database designer. Keen on wildlife, history, boats and music. Stood for the Scottish Parliament 2011; lost by 151 votes.
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