I HAD the incredible opportunity to attend a meeting/presentation led by Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp, the founder of Believe in Scotland, on behalf of Yes Blairgowrie & Rattray. It revolved around the vision of Scotland as a wellbeing society, where the interests and health of its people are prioritised above all else. This experience left me feeling informed, inspired, and hopeful about the future.

As I listened to Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp speak, he passionately emphasised the immense potential for Scotland to become a society that places the wellbeing of its population at the forefront of every decision. It was an idea that resonated deeply with me and ignited a sense of excitement within my heart. The concept of a wellbeing society where the government possesses full power over its own laws holds the promise of a brighter future for Scotland.

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The realisation that the wellbeing of Scotland’s population should be the decisive factor for voters is enlightening. It is a call to action for each and every one of us to actively engage in shaping the future we desire for our country. The notion that our choices can directly impact the overall wellbeing and prosperity of our society is truly empowering.

In a wellbeing society the interests of the people would take precedence over any other considerations. Policies would be meticulously crafted to promote the health, happiness, and overall quality of life for all individuals. It envisions a Scotland where the government not only listens to its citizens but actively responds to their needs, ensuring that their voices are heard and their concerns are addressed.

The meeting left me with a renewed sense of hope. It painted a vivid picture of a Scotland that embraces progressive values, fosters inclusivity, and cultivates a strong sense of community. It reminded me that the future of our nation lies in our hands, and we have the power to shape it for the better.

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As I reflect on my experience, I am eager to share this vision of a wellbeing society with others. I believe that by spreading awareness and encouraging meaningful dialogue, we can foster a collective understanding of the importance of prioritising the wellbeing of our population. Together, we can build a Scotland that thrives on compassion, equality, and prosperity, where the happiness and health of every individual truly matter.

The journey towards a wellbeing society in Scotland is one that requires active participation, engagement, and a collective determination to bring about positive change. Let us seize this opportunity to come together, embrace the possibilities that lie before us, and shape a future that we can all be proud of. The time has come for us to make the wellbeing of our fellow citizens the cornerstone of our decisions and the driving force behind our actions. Together, we can create a Scotland that serves as a shining example of a true wellbeing society.

Kevin Walker
via email

IT would be laughable if it wasn’t so horrifying. Two members of the so-called Independent Safeguarding Board set up to investigate how the Church of England has dealt with child abuse have been sacked by The Archbishops’ Council.

An exasperated Jasvinder Sanghera and Steve Reeves said the Church had refused to share data with them and that there had been “clear interference” with their work, which was “an uphill battle”. Even Bishop Julie Conalty, a lead bishop on engagement with abuse survivors, “doesn’t entirely trust” the Church of England on safeguarding.

A genuinely independent overseeing body must be set up urgently. The Church can no longer be permitted to mark its own homework on this.

Neil Barber
Edinburgh Secular Society