02/03/2017 Party Political Broadcasts - Scottish Labour Party


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02/03/2017

A party political broadcast by the Scottish Labour Party.


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Since the independence referendum,

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friendships and families have been divided.

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We've seen so much division, so much of the politics of "us and them".

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You can no longer have a healthy conversation about politics.

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It's now become a thing that you just don't talk about

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if you don't want to start an argument.

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Other Scots looked at you in a different way

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just because you chose a different vision for your country.

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We've spent too many years obsessing

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over the differences that divide us,

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and we've not achieved

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anything greater within that time.

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I'm from the Western Isles and I've had lots of friends and family

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have to move away from the island to find work on the mainland.

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It's become a particular problem for young people in Scotland today.

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We need a government that's focused on creating jobs

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all across the country, no matter where you live.

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Politics is already so polarised,

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and the attention's being taken away from places where it should be.

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As a medical student, you do see the struggles

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of the health care service.

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I work as a domestic at St John's in Livingston.

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It's sad to see one of our greatest assets as a country

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just left aside of the agenda.

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When the NHS works, it changes people's lives.

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It's such an important part of being Scottish.

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Right now, I'm training to be a teacher because

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if my teachers weren't there for me,

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then I would've probably fallen through the railings.

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Education is the most powerful weapon that a country can ever use,

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and that's why I think it's so important

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that we invest in it instead of cutting it.

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We need a government that will build more houses,

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especially more affordable houses.

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It doesn't matter whether you're rich or poor,

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everyone should have the same chance and opportunity

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to own a home at some point in their lifetime.

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Unity means pulling together for the benefit of everyone,

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despite where someone comes from or what they look like.

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The world is changing so quickly that it's more important than ever

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that Scotland's voice is heard.

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The best way to achieve this is as part of the UK,

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while still allowing the decisions that affect Scotland the most

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to be taken in the Scottish Parliament.

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We're divided enough. We need to unite now.

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We need to see what's best for Scotland.

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There's far more that we agree on than what we disagree on,

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and that's what we should be focusing on for our future.

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Scotland is stronger as a nation when we work together.

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Just look at what we've achieved in the past -

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the NHS, the minimum wage, the Scottish Parliament -

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all things won against the odds because we chose to stand as one.

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We have an opportunity now to create a nation that we all want.

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We all voted for a better Scotland. Let's make one.

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