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Why you should vote for my by Charles Dundas

April 29, 2021 11:59 AM
By Charles Dundas in Musselburgh Courier

There's not much that everyone agrees on in Scottish politics these days, but I hope we can all agree that our top priority now has to be recovering from the significant impact which the pandemic has had on our lives.

Charles Dundas EskThere were a number of positive examples of cross-party agreement and co-operation during the initial days of Scotland's response to the pandemic, but unsurprisingly - come election time - we're all back in our respective corners talking down our opponents.

However, there's a part of me which dreams that out of all of this adversity might come a little bit of hope. A new politics for Scotland. A new future where we can focus on what's best for Scotland's schools, hospitals, and most importantly Scotland's people, rather than the depressing point-scoring we are used to today. A new future where we leave our planet to future generations in a better state than we inherited it from our forebears. A new future where fairness is woven into the fabric of our lives.

But that sort of new future demands our focus, our undivided attention, a needle-sharp precision. People hunting for a job, waiting for mental health support, children and students looking for a good education. They can't wait for years for politicians to sort their differences out. They need action now. They deserve a bit of hope, unity, and partnership.

If the last decade was about what divides us. Let us make the next decade not just about what unites us but much more importantly about what makes our lives better and helps us recover.

At the heart of the recovery must be education. A great liberal cause. Charles and the Scottish Liberal Democrats will address the attainment gap in Scotland's education, especially where it seems to be the associated with pupils from low-income households. A Lib Dem vote would be a vote in favour of more in-class support for children who need it, alongside more teachers on permanent contracts, as well as extending free early learning and childcare to include 2-year-olds.

Voting for Charles is also a vote to combine the need for economic recovery with action on climate change, supporting commitments on renewable energy and warm homes which will be significant sources of employment in the years to come, and will support thousands of new jobs. With your vote the Scottish Liberal Democrats will convert one million homes to low cost, low carbon heating in the next ten years and give grants to help people train for new careers.

If you cast your ballot for the Liberal Democrats Charles will work to see a renewed big focus on mental health. This will involve more counsellors and specialists as well as a mental health first aider in every workplace.

Most importantly, by supporting Charles Dundas and the Scottish Liberal Democrats you are supporting a new kind a politics, one which says: let's work together, let's work in partnership, a partnership for recovery.