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We are at various points discussing layers of government.  This idea is very simple. if you are elected at one tier of government, you can not also take a seat at another layer.   You are elected to do one job and one job only. In practice, I would allow a grace period of one year between getting elected to a second position and having to resign the first but councillors should focus on being councillors, MPs on being MPs, members of Assemblies and sub national parliament on being such...

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in the Greater Manchester discussion, I've argued that devolution is not real unless the tax raising powers follow.   This comes from the experience in Scotland where the Scottish Parliament was set up with a fairly broad range of functions but very little control of the budget.  The tax raising power given was to vary the standard rate of income tax by 3p. the power has never been used as the money raised would be so small in comparison to the impacts.   But that means it's easy for a...

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There is good evidence that Scotland want devolution of everything bar defense and foreign affairs (60%+) or everything bar defence, foreign affairs, tax and benefits. Now on the principle that if there is a federal parliament, every constituent part should - at the timescape that suits it - take up maximum powers, let's reserve just defense and foreign affairs to a UK parliament  or or just defence, foredgn affairs, tax and benefits....

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If there is a vast disparity between votes cast and parties elected, there is a fault in the system. PR fixes this. I advocate specifically STV in wards of 4 5 or 6 members. The 3 and 4 member wards in use in Scotland under STV are insufficiently proportional and boundaries have been very artificial from this constraint and inflexibility. http://www.electoral-reform.org.uk/voting-systems/

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Any constituent part of the UK should be able to take to itself the fills suite of powers and responsibilities already granted to any other constituent part.   So Wales could 'upgrade' to Scotland, the London Assembly to Wales ... And other Regions could adopt whichever models best suits them.   Ok asymetric devolution - but same rights for all - maybe different speeds.  

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Debra Storr

Balmedie, Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom

Joined this community on Feb 11, 2015

Bio Active member of Scottish Greens Councillor for 13 years (ended 2012). Involved in Scottish Devolution and Scottish Indy movements.

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50-59

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Female

Highest level of Education
Postgraduate degree

Should the UK have a written codified constitution?
Yes

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