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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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25 February 2015

A basic principle of any democracy is generally held to be the will of the people.  While the earliest forms of democracy can be traced back to ancient Greece, recent events must have left many Greeks wondering why their forebears even bothered. Notwithstanding the circumstances, the manner in which unelected central bankers have forced a government to act against its popular mandate must be a concern. Now we hear that fundamental democratic principles could be sacrificed on the altar of free trade agreements with the US.  So, what price democracy? At a time when so many people around the world struggle to secure the basic human right of democratic expression, it’s ironic that many long established democracies have become complacent about safeguarding first principles. Rather than monitoring our democratic health, we seem to take it for granted.  Whether it’s ceding power to bankers and corporate interests or just blatantly ignoring the will of the people, those transient stewards of democracy – the politicians – can sometimes forget who they serve. Apart from the odd election, we need much closer accountability and transparency throughout the system.  But whether that could ever prevent the omnishambles we've witnessed recently at Castle Toward is anyone's guess.

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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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