Held to account

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In SPITE of all the “Sturm und Drang” on both sides of the
independence issue, what I am picking up on the ground is more of a cynicism about the motives of politicians in
general – that they are a self-serving bunch desirous of power and reward but only interested in the concerns of ordinary folk when it suits them.

It is this voter apathy that will determine the results of the
referendum rather than patriotism or concerns for future

It may be too late for Salmond to convince the floating voters that he is indeed a man of
principle, but how about the idea that in an independent
Scotland, the Upper House of Parliament should be replaced by a group of, say, a dozen
ordinary citizens, drawn in the same way as legal jurists, who would sit for a year and review parliamentary behaviour and decisions with a view to ensuring transparency and avoiding
conflicts of interest?

Their role would be something like a parliamentary
ombudsman and they could be given certain powers of veto if they believed members of parliament were behaving unethically. In a small country as an
independent Scotland would be, it should be perfectly possible to strengthen democracy and give the ordinary voter more
accountability for democratic decision making.

(Dr) Mary Brown

Dalvenie Road