Public consultation process
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Section 4.1. Subject to the rights of the People, the supreme legislative power is entrusted to a unicameral Parliament.
It is true that the current Scottish Parliament functions well, and that the pre-1707 parliament was also unicameral, but I believe consideration should be given to the possibility of a revising chamber in some form, to be constituted in such a way as to minimise the constraints of party politics and maximise the contribution of expertise and unbiased assessment of draft legislation - possibly only with the power to recommend changes.
Strong agreement with this. Even with elected members (elections held at different time points) would be better than no revising house.
Sorry this is in the wrong place but I find it hard to locate both my comments. Anyway I referred to candidates for any local or national election to pay all their taxes in Scotland. I’m obviously far from knowing much about taxation conditions and law. However the sentiment I expressed was to prevent situations eg. the fact that Rees-Mogg’s company accounts show that I. The last 5 years the company made £103 million in profit yet paid zero tax to the UK since the company is registered I. The Caymen Islands. It is exactly this behaviour which I suggest should prevent anyone doing similar tax evading methods from having say in how the tax paid by people to the Scottish Government, is spent.
I was thinking that a form of People's Assembly might be developed to function in this capacity. With membership serving for only a limited time this could provide a continuing source of fresh ideas from members more in touch with grassroots thinking than career politicians.
There is an informative article on this subject at
which will save us from reinventing this wheel here. The constitution being more about principles than specifics, we could usefully concentrate upon the constitution providing funding for such extra governmental democratic organisations and ensuring that the sections empowering citizen initiated referendums are sufficiently robust to oblige the executive to pay attention to the outcome of their deliberations.
This is good debate - exchange ideas, then consider and only then propose an amendment...
Could be just like the House of Lords. There are a lot of experts of their field in there, but is it effective? Can the 'impartial Head of State' not have the power to recommend changes? Politics just now does cost a lot of money: Local Councillors, Regional Councillors, MPs, MSPs, MEPs (although no longer) staff. Mayors? The list goes on and where are these funded from?
Not "just" like, I think, because the House of Lords is riddled with cronyism. But it does also have a fair number of experienced men and women who can contribute usefully to rational debate. I think one condition for nomination and election would have to be independence from any political party, of at least a certain duration. There might also be seats reserved for certain broad fields of experience. As for elections, one possibility might be a sort of electoral college, whose ballot would not be secret and whose members would have to give reasons for their vote. I think it would also be a good idea for only a proportion of membership to be renewed every so many years - perhaps a third every two years?