ref date:1 Jan 2000 (WBA)
Dewar rants on about visions for Scotland after 2000
Here is a list of some of the thing sour 'beloved' 'first' minister said he
wanted to do for Scotland starting anew after 2000!
"For the opening years of the new century, we have
outlined our approach, our determination to make
progress and to unlock opportunity for all"
"Faint hearts warned against taking on such challenges,
but politics is about delivering for the people. Real
politics is driven by the dynamic of change not simply as
an abstract but as measurable progress."
"In these new circumstances,
there is a duty on Scots of all parties and none to join me
in working together in the many areas of policy in which
we may find common ground. I value the work already done in partnership and the
achievements so far of the partnership administration.
Whatever the future may hold, that spirit is important to
our future success."
"Now is the time and the opportunity for
the Scottish Parliament to get on with its real business -
to fight poverty, injustice and despair, and to build
prosperity, hope and social justice for all. It is our honour
and responsibility to meet those challenges."
"We leave the
twentieth century behind us with mixed feelings: a century
terribly scarred by famine, by war and by man's
inhumanity to man. It also was a century blessed by scientific, social and
economic advancement: for an ever-increasing number
of men and women and their children on this planet the
twentieth century has been the best ever time in our
shared history to be alive.
"We built democracy, we defeated Nazism, we founded
the welfare state, we witnessed the collapse of
communism. When Labour was elected to serve just two years ago,
our Prime Minister Tony Blair said that we would be
judged by what we did for social justice - for 'the poorest
who had been forgotten, told they were not needed'.
"One of the first acts of this incoming Government was to
keep faith with the people of Scotland and to finish our
unfinished business - the establishment of Scotland's
"That Parliament was achieved in the only way it could
be achieved - by the people of Scotland and the
Government working together so we could say on 1st
July 1999 that we had finished that business."
No Mr Dewar, we will only progress as a fully independent Western democracy,
free from monarchy, free from Whitehall and free of the lies that have made us
doubt ourselves these last 300 years.