We say power is safer when it is shared and will trust communities and individuals with the power to control their own lives, and the right to participate in their democracy.
We trust local people to make decisions about their lives and their communities. People should have the power, flexibility and resources to change things for the better.
Power is safer when it is shared.
Instinctively we are on the side of the individual against concentrations of power, whether state or private. We will stand up for the individual against the over-mighty state. In the words of John Stewart Mill, “Over himself, over his own body and mind, the individual is sovereign”. This means we will stop, where we can safely do so, the uninvited intrusion of the state into individual lives through surveillance, databases and ID requirements.
We aim to disperse power as widely as possible throughout society. This means more local control of services such as the police. It means we support a federal structure for the United Kingdom to allow more power to be held in Scotland but still keep people together.
We do not just mean the institutions of government but many other aspects of modern life, including corporate governance, the rights of employees and shareholders, the obligations of companies to local communities, and the distribution of media.
We believe federalism is the best future for Scotland and will continue to campaign for that.
Liberal Democrats will work to make sure that individuals and communities get the freedoms to control the circumstances of their own lives for the benefit of themselves, their families and their communities.
You can download a copy of the report of the Home Rule and Community Rule Commission by the Scottish Liberal Democrats here