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Comment posted Scottish government’s mad plan for rural parliament by newsroom.

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  • That would be interesting – what a constituency to cover.
  • Think about it.

    We’ve got a parliament. It’s not good enough. How will a Division B team help? We have to assume the A team has the best available.

    A second outfit can only take some of an already slim talent pool out of Holyrood – the one supposed to represent the entire country, listen to it and govern it. It has to be more productive to ensure that the one we’ve got raises its game to deliver this.

    A country the size of Scotland cannot have two parliaments – and pay for two parliaments (one to govern and one just to talk???) – without being a broke ruritania with no time to produce and no production revenues to pay for the talking shops.

    And when did you last hear any Scottish serving parliamentarian say anything in or outwith a Holyrood debate that was seriously worth paying to listen to or to remember?

    The argument for devo max or independence is largely based on the sense that ‘they’ don’t understand us. But if we don’t or won’t understand each other within a small country, why change anything?

    On the brink of considering independence, if we cannot imagine rural and urban folk coming to know and respect each other without ghettoised talking shops – which would quickly be seen as the smart crowd and the teuchters – why do we pretend that the sales ploy of an integrated country with a common purpose is anything other than a decoy bride?

  • We agree with Barmore2 and Iain S MacLean that LAs as we know them are showing their age and inability.

    But this hot-bath notion is not to be a layer of government so it cannot replace LAs – which are metropolitan and urban as well as rural. And a parliament is not a management structure but a debating chamber.

    This expensive folie de grandeur is not one to be ‘wished down’. It is one to be put down.

    We do not need more empty talk. We need to start making things.

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