Liberal Democrats stand for the individual against the state, for the outsider against the establishment.
That means it falls to Liberal Democrats to speak out in protection of individual liberty when it is threatened by an over-mighty state.
In the next five years we will protect liberties and traditional Scottish freedoms wherever we can.
The current Scottish Government has centralised the life out of Scotland. Decisions on council spending, enterprise investment, hospital building projects, police and fire services are now all taken at the centre of government.
We will reverse this centralisation. We will give democratic power back to local communities. Liberal Democrats in the next Scottish Parliament will champion a liberating agenda to roll back the top-down, one-size-fits-all culture that distorts our public services.
Traditional Scottish policing
Policing by consent has always been the way that our police officers protect our communities.
With Police Scotland much of that the discretion of the officers, local consensus and accountability has been lost and has been replaced by top-down targets.
We will restore traditional Scottish policing.
Restoring civil liberties
Only the Scottish Liberal Democrats will speak out in protection of individual liberty when it is threatened by an over-mighty state and over the next five years we will protect liberties and traditional Scottish freedoms wherever we can.
We are the only party to stand against the Conservatives’ intrusive “snoopers’ charter” which allows the government to store everyone’s internet and email history.
Scottish Liberal Democrats stand against the SNP’s plan for a super ID database which would link health records with over 120 other organisations, including Quality Meat Scotland and Royal Botanic Gardens.