Does it matter if he has stolen or adapted a policy from the Liberal Democrats? It is a policy, I believe, that would be seen to be fair and just and would have wide support from voters – the sort of measure that would help to kick-start a recovery of the party’s standing, and not just in Scotland.
Also to be welcomed is the proposed overhaul of the committee system in Scotland (your report, 1 November).
The SNP has shown how this system can be used as an instrument of policy rather than a means of holding the government to account.
Ensuring that no single party had a majority of members on any committee, and publishing the civil servants’ draft reports along with final reports, might be steps in the right direction.
A second chamber – or the equivalent – which is fit for purpose is required in both the Westminster and Holyrood parliaments.
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