Assessing new constitutional settlement proposals
Up to now, I've not wanted to engage in the EVEL debate because it seems far to complicated, and far too tactical. I've wanted a framework against which to evaluate things. I've now come up with these three headings - and would like to offer them (suitably improved) as a basis for our future discussions:
* structures * division of powers * election method * voting method
perspectives for evaluation
* justice * subsidiarity * cost * public appeal * likely impact on the parties * likely impact on society
* asymmetry of original Scots devolution * asymmetry of currently proposed devo-max * emasculation of local authorities in all four countries (both revenue raising, and delivery powers)
I propose we should start from this last point, as I strongly believe that democracy needs to begin at the local level.