Scottish Green Party: A Beacon of Grassroots Democracy and Youth Empowerment

Democratic Backbone: Members as the Core

The Scottish Green Party stands out as a grassroots, member-led organization. Unlike other parties, members are not just a source of income but the backbone of the party. All policies are determined by members, emphasizing participation and accessibility.

Member-Led Democracy: A Strength to Protect

The party’s approach to member-led democracy is a key strength. This democratic process ensures that every member can propose, amend, and speak to motions. However, there’s always room for improvement, especially as the party grows.

Contrasting Labour’s Approach

The Labour Party’s recent conference highlighted a stark contrast. Despite voting for the nationalization of energy, the party leadership decided not to follow the vote. This scenario is unimaginable in the Scottish Green Party, where members’ voices truly matter.

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Diversity and Inclusion: Strength in Variety

The diversity of the Scottish Green Party’s membership is a source of strength. The recent conference featured a panel by the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS), emphasizing inclusive education policies. Such diversity enriches the party’s policies and actions.

Youth Movement: The Heart of Change

Young people are central to the climate and environmental movement. The Scottish Green Party has a significant number of young members in leadership positions. Their contributions have led to impactful policies like free bus travel for young people.

Empowering Young Voices

Despite facing ageist criticism, young members have proven their worth through their lived experiences and contributions. The party recognizes that young people are not just the future but also the present leaders.

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By Ishan Crawford

Prior to the position, Ishan was senior vice president, strategy & development for Cumbernauld-media Company since April 2013. He joined the Company in 2004 and has served in several corporate developments, business development and strategic planning roles for three chief executives. During that time, he helped transform the Company from a traditional U.S. media conglomerate into a global digital subscription service, unified by the journalism and brand of Cumbernauld-media.

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