Common Weal believes that the people who should decide how Scotland is run should be the people who live in Scotland.
In the same way InverYESs COMMON WEAL believe the people who should have a say on how Inverness is run are the people who live in our city.
InverYES COMMON WEAL really began against the backdrop of the 2014 independence referendum and then after the ’no vote’ it faded away to no more than a dormant Facebook group. Now against the backdrop of Brexit, Inverness, like so many Scottish cities, is witnessing the negative impact of the UK’s politics of austerity and the relentless pursuit of unsustainable growth on the lives of its citizens. The increasing need for food banks is just one example, so how should our group of volunteers respond?
It is clear that over the last half-century particularly, the distance between service agencies in Inverness and its citizens has become greater. People are becoming increasingly disengaged from the day-to-day business of how their city is run. Local government reorganisation, with its tendency to centralise, has so diminished Inverness that it no longer has a proper democratically elected council appropriate to its rapidly increasing population. In legal terms Inverness as an entity doesn’t even exist anymore. InverYES COMMON WEAL believes that if the trend of reducing participation can be reversed then the quality of life for all Invernessians generally can be drastically improved. We are now working to establish a forum open to all citizens of Inverness who wish to see increasing participation in the affairs of our city.
COMMON WEAL believes that the people who should decide how Scotland is run should be the people who live in Scotland. In the same way InverYES COMMON WEAL believe the people who should have a say on how Inverness is run are the people who live in our city.