Part of our goal at the Common Weal is to encourage enhanced voter engagement, bringing politics to the local level and to normal people. Too often election campaigns are dominated by fear (vote for us because the others are worse), spin, and a procession of politicians telling us what we care most about. In the aftermath of the independence referendum, where people felt more engaged and empowered than ever before, this simply won’t do, so we’ve set out to do things differently.
We’ve produced a survey allowing you to tell us what you really care about, and we’ll be using the information your provide to guide material such as leaflets, articles and questions to representatives. You don’t have to be a Common Weal supporter or a Yes voter to participate – in reality, we want as broad a range of response as possible. After a few weeks we’ll collate the information and publish it, in full and for free, allowing the people of Scotland – and the political parties – to see what matters to local communities across the country.
We’re asking for your help to make this project a success – please complete and survey and share it as widely as possible with as broad a range of people as you can. With information like this we can end the ‘business-as-usual’ approach to politics and put the focus back on people like you, which is precisely where it should be.