abuse blights families, communities and individuals, while also burdening the
state. Some are drawn into drug abuse in the most challenging circumstances,
while others are just seeking a new experience.
Support to help all addicts free themselves from dependency is vital.
a society, we have agreed, with good reason, that we are unwilling to tolerate
the damage and cost incurred by the use of certain drugs, so we have removed
them from the array of choices open to people and made them illegal. Illegal drug use is not just a
matter of personal risk assessment; it affects family, friends, employers and
the state. The availability of illegal drugs leads to increased experimentation
and progression to drug addiction. We
would not support any liberalisation of drugs laws, but instead ensure vigorous
policing and sentencing that deters effectively. Most parents would
prefer their children to grow up without the temptation of a ready supply of
illicit drugs. The state should aim to
bring about this state of affairs. We
oppose the long-term provision of addictive drugs to addicts that currently
takes place. The state should not provide facilities for illegal drug
abuse in the form of “safe” injecting rooms.
solution to Scotland’s hugely damaging alcohol problem is not more laws or
factual education. What is needed is a cultural shift away from the
social acceptability of drunkenness.
While other parties shy away from moral leadership, we will press the
case that drunkenness is inherently irresponsible, leading to relational
damage, accidents, unemployment, violence, intimidation and sexual
misadventures. Politicians should show moral leadership in this area.
Prostitution harms prostitutes, clients and their families, leads to
coercion to meet demand and trivialises sex, eroding the proper respect with
which sexual intimacy should be regarded.
Buying sex should be criminalised. This deterrence would decrease the demand
for sexual services and therefore reduce the number of people abused or damaged
through prostitution. It would also protect potential
clients from the harm to their own wellbeing and that of their family that can
result from the use of prostitutes. Some prostitutes enter into this work
through their own uncoerced choice and freely choose to continue in it, however
many others are forced into it through human
trafficking, debt and drug addiction.
This is a great social evil that requires to be addressed by
legislation. It is illogical to make it
illegal to buy something that is legal to sell, so selling sex should also be
criminalised. While punishments might be appropriate in some cases, help to
move women on from prostitution would be available.
undermines the wellbeing of our society. We support schemes to prevent children from accessing online pornography.
Fact-based education and public information campaigns are needed to highlight
the dangers of addiction, detriment to existing relationships, undermining
future relationship prospects, guilt, and progression to more extreme and
perverted forms, including child porn. Channel 4, a government agency,
should refrain from producing semi-pornographic content.
It beggars belief that the Scottish
Government presents pornography as a valid, normal and natural option for
children through sex education in schools.
We would fight this evil.