Bob Doris, SNP MSP for Glasgow has challenged opposition parties to make clear their proposals for further devolution, as the Scottish Government’s consultation on the independence referendum is now closed.
Mr Doris included in his consultation response his support for the voting age to be set at 16 years old and his preference for seeing one question on the ballot paper, while saying he could accept a second question assuming a convincing case for one could be made.
Mr Doris took the opportunity to demand opposition parties explain their proposals for further devolving powers to Holyrood. He commented
“I look forward to the people of Scotland getting to vote on our countries independence in 2014, and I want to ensure that includes 16 and 17 year olds. Unfortunately British parties continue to oppose this.
“The anti-independence parties claim they support the transfer of some additional powers from Westminster to Holyrood. My challenge to them is to explain what this means and make clear to the people of Scotland why they think a limited transfer of powers is preferable to Scotland having full control over its affairs. Which powers do they oppose Scotland having and why do they still think Scotland is incapable of realising its independence?
“We see the Scottish Government using every lever currently at its disposal , including another £25m allocated just this week to tackle youth unemployment in deprived areas. However limited powers can only make a limited impact. It is independence that can end the UK Tory agenda of cuts and austerity. If those who oppose independence have an alternative then they should have the confidence to articulate it.”