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Article 3. The Head Of State

Section 3.1. The Head of State will, following selection by a referendum of the People of Scotland in terms of Article 6.4, be appointed by Parliament in accordance with the legislation governing selection, appointment and recall.

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    Administrator #1  •  2020-08-16 22:15:37

    Section 3.1. Section 3.1. The Head of State will, following selection by a referendum of the People of Scotland in terms of Article 6.4, be appointed by Parliament in accordance with the legislation governing selection, appointment and recall.

      • tom@1320

        Section 3.1. Am I right in thinking that this would, in effect, mean that we are a Republic? This I would fully support.

          • Arfem

            Section 3.1. If one referendum option is a republic with an elected President and that gains a simple majority then I guess the Electoral Commission would have to agree the terms of appointment and organize an election.

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          • Caledonialan

            Section 3.1. On my reading, no, it could still be a constitutional monarchy. However (and this is a comment on the article as a whole rather than on this particular section), what is envisaged seems very much a puppet head of state with no real powers of initiative or decision, someone to perform ceremonies. This draft constitution therefore does not go for a presidential regime of the American, French or Russian variety. Nor would I. But I think there's a lot to be said for a properly regulated constitutional monarchy, but one much more streamlined than the current UK version. Monarchy brings with it a sense of tradition and continuity and, on a venal note, is much more likely to attract tourists than a man in a suit - nobody flocks to see Macron! But there are yet other possibilities. A collective head of state, for example, along the lines of the Swiss Federal Council, or an elective monarchy ...

              • Admin/CfS7

                Section 3.1. I like the idea of a collective head of state, along the lines of the Swiss Federal Council. This would contribute to getting away from the personality cult that is prevalent today.

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      • kenny321

        Section 3.1. Could a Head of State be non political if appointed by Parliament. Would the majority in power not go for one of their own? The monarchy does generate a lot of tourism spend. Would a President do the same?

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