Scottish Council Elections 2017: 11/04/2017 Party Election Broadcasts: Scottish Labour Party


Scottish Council Elections 2017: 11/04/2017

A party election broadcast by the Scottish Labour Party for the Scottish council elections on 4 May.


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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,

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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

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obsessing over the differences that

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divide us 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

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family 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 all across

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the country, no matter where you live.

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Politics is already so polarised,

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and the attention's been 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 healthcare 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

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as a country just left at the side 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,

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because if my teachers weren't there for me,

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then I would have 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 that we invest in it

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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

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that it's more important than ever 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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