ref date:1 May 2000 (CD)
Warrants sales will be abolished
Tommy Sheridan (socialist MSP) has managed to get his bill preventing terror tactics in dealings with debtors accepted.
For years people in debt have had the police and bully boys at their door
to take away posessions to pay off their debts. No other mechanism existed.
This draconian behaviour is out of step with a modern western democracy.
Sheridan said "Poindings and warrant sales have never
been about recovering debt or resolving debt. They have
always been used to humiliate, degrade, and frighten the
poor. In 1893 the Scottish Labour Party committed itself to
abolishing poindings and warrant sales. Over 100 years later
is it perhaps fitting that Scotland first Parliament for 300 years
has the chance today to seize the opportunity and vote for