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Scotland's leading community sector networks have joined together as the Scottish Community Alliance in order to  campaign for a strong and independent community sector in Scotland.

The Alliance has two main functions - to promote the work of local people in their communities and to influence national policy development. We email regular briefings to our supporters on both these themes. More about us here...

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20 May 2015

Much of the post-election analysis south of the border has been couched in terms of how successful (or not) the parties were in ‘selling their narrative’ to different parts of the electorate.  In what is depressingly described as retail politics, elections have come to be regarded as little more than a market place in which votes are bought and sold to the highest bidder and where winning is all about the quality of the sales pitch - style trumping substance every time. But this cynical view of party politics seems wholly inadequate to explain what has just happened in Scotland. We already knew that the referendum had restored an appetite for democracy and had reconnected many more voters to the political process, so maybe it was just inevitable that this new found electoral empowerment would seek expression at the ballot box. But the sheer scale of that expression was bewildering.  And so, perhaps the tsunami that swept away almost every recognisable landmark from Scottish politics is actually just the forerunner of much more profound change to come.  Because if people begin to believe they hold real power and acquire a taste for using it, who knows where it might all lead.

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The country's leading community based networks have joined together as the SCA to campaign for a strong and independent community sector in Scotland

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