Citizens' Assembly of Scotland

January 2021

The Citizens' Assembly has reported  -  did anyone notice?

The Citizens' Assembly of Scotland, set up by Nicola Sturgeon in 2019 to put forward ideas about what kind of country the people of Scotland want Scotland to become, published its report and recommendations last week (13 January), without receiving much publicity.  There were reports on The Herald, The Scotsman, The National and the BBC websites, but, regrettably, it is safe to assume that the vast majority of the population never knew the Assembly existed.  You can read about its composition, remit and interrupted programme of discussions below.

Perhaps not surprisingly, as the assembly was described by the Scottish Conservatives as a 'nationalist stunt' and 'a talking shop for independence', and by an SNP MP as 'the perfect way to move Scotland . .  towards independence', the word 'independence' does not appear in its summary report.  What is perhaps surprising is that there is no mention of climate change either.

You can read and download the Assembly's  'vision and recommendations' summary, an easy-read graphic version, or find the full report  online.

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The Herald           The Scotsman           The National            BBC



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