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Gordon Brown: “Time to Open The Books on Options For Scotland”

Scots want the facts. The status quo, a reformed UK, and independence should all be exposed to expert, parliamentary, and public scrutiny Speak to Scots these days about the big constitutional questions facing our country, and there is one big thing all of us do agree on: we don’t have
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Gordon Brown: “Time to Open The Books on Options For Scotland”

Scots want the facts. The status quo, a reformed UK, and independence should all be exposed to expert, parliamentary, and public scrutiny Speak to Scots these days about the big constitutional questions facing our country, and there is one big thing all of us do agree on: we don’t have the facts.  Whether people are No,
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Our Scottish Future believes that good government in Scotland and across the United Kingdom has to be based on the values of cooperation, empathy, solidarity and reciprocity. It is through cooperating with one another across these islands that Scotland’s interests are served. 

We believe that “no change Unionism” and “no compromise nationalism” both fail to deliver this goal. We therefore want to open a conversation with people from all political backgrounds in Scotland to understand how they believe the progress we all want can be achieved.

What we do

We are engaged in talking and listening to people and communities across Scotland. We also produce reports and analysis promoting the benefits of cooperation and solidarity between Scotland and the rest of the UK. 

Over the last year, the think-tank has focussed on the response to the Coronavirus pandemic and urged greater cooperation between the Scottish Government and UK Government on key issues such as the economic recovery, the vaccine roll out and our testing regime. 

We also campaign for a modernised Union which is more responsive to Scotland’s needs and delivers the cooperative approach we all require. 

Who we are

Our Scottish Future was set up by former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown in 2019 and is a non-profit company which relies on mostly small donations to commission research, polling and to maintain a small part-time staff. 

Gordon Brown
Founder

Jim Gallagher

Prof Jim Gallagher
Chairman

Eddie Barnes Project Manager

Our Scottish Future is supported by a Board of Advisors. They currently include Sir Menzies Campbell, Jenny Marra MSP, Prof Azeem Ibrahim, Alastair Moffat, Andrew Hilland and Philip Rycroft.  

Talk to us

A key part of our work programme is to listen and learn from people from all political backgrounds in Scotland. We are staging a new project entitled “Scotland in a Zoom” where we hope to bring together people from different views on the constitution to see what shared solutions they come up with.

No matter what you think about the future of Scotland in the UK, if you’d like to take part, please get in touch.

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The patriotic, progressive and positive case for Scotland

Our Scottish Future is here to advance the patriotic, progressive and positive case for Scotland as part of our wider family of UK nations.

We stand for people who are both patriotically Scottish and feel comfortable within the UK.

We stand for “middle Scotland” – the third Scotland which stands in between hardline nationalism on the one hand, and muscular Unionism on the other.

We believe the thousands of Scots in this group – who voted Yes, No, Leave and Remain, and come from all social groups from right across Scotland – are looking for something better than the binary choice currently on offer.

We aim to set out a new narrative for Scotland for these people.

They do not want to be told we are too weak or too poor to become independent. They want Project Hope, not Project Fear.

So Our Scottish Future intends to base our new case on three pillars:

  • On a renewed and positive case for Scottish devolution as the best way to balance both our wish for autonomy with the need for cooperation.
  • On the benefits of greater cooperation across the United Kingdom on the issues that matter to us most: the NHS, climate change, secure employment, and national security.
  • On a vision for a renewed Union, built on the foundations of a new Constitution, which tackles the growing sense of alienation and dissatisfaction with the centre of power.

Nothing better illustrates the benefits of the United Kingdom that the NHS – a living, breathing embodiment of how and why the Union can work for everyone: controlled by our devolved parliament but based on UK wide ideals of cooperation and access.  

 We stand for all those principles which underpin it: empathy not enmity, reciprocity not resentment, solidarity not separation and cooperation not perpetual conflict.

We stand for four nations working in unity, not a divided house that cannot stand.

If you do too – then join us. 

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