Thursday, 3 June 2010
It seems that the coalition government is in a hurry. Nick Clegg has said that the coalition government was one of reform. So far so good, however, measured steps should be taken upon some of the projected reforms. The Scotland Bill is a case in point. This is an important piece of legislation that would implement some of the final recommendations of the Calman Commission effectively giving the Scottish Parliament increased financial powers. Due consideration and consultation with stakeholders in Scotland needs to be taken before the Bill gets implemented. If the Scottish Parliament is to have increased financial powers, this should be done within a schedule that suits Scotland and the Scottish people and not just following a politically expedient timetable.