Gavin Ritchie

Scotland, United Kingdom

About Gavin


Teacher. Writer.

Areas of Expertise

Literature in English

An idea worth spreading

If everyone in the world could recognise greed for all it is, we would have a more tolerant global society.

I'm passionate about

Philosophy and joy.

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Love, joy, tolerance, peace, strength in humanity.

People don't know I'm good at

...writing short stories.

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Gavin Ritchie
Posted over 2 years ago
Scottish Independence: confidence, courage and ambition
I believe the time is ripe for a new politics, one disengaged from the capitalist bond to finance. It has been the crooked and unregulated finance dealings that have brought disaster to millions in the world. Iceland has recovered, albiet partially, by regulating its finance industry, so Scotland can do the same. What it needs is a radical new politics based on frugality and strong principles. In Plato's Republic it is argued that the proportion of wages at the higher end of income to the lower should be six to one. Scotland could adopt such a principle. We could tax purchases rather than earnings and we could give artists and health care professionals salaries rather than have them hooked to pleasing sales figures and meeting budget constraints. Before we can do anything radical (and I believe we must, otherwise there's no point to Independence) we need to unshackle our economic and political systems from London. Unfortunately, the 'Yes' campaign for Independence is a cross-party campaign and therefore not based on any policy or manifesto, making the job of convincing the nation a difficult one. There has to be a way to live fairly, however; Scottish politics has always been about fairness. That the Scottish nation has always leaned 'left' while those who govern her lean 'right' is the loudest argument for independence. There is also an argument to be made for all of the UK to vote. Indeed, some in the north of England might also want to split from London. Be that as it may, the national politics in Scotland is opposite from the politics which govern her from London. Independence would rectify that. Whether or not Scotland makes a success of self-governance, however, is a question for the crystal ball.