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Stormont is more parish council than 21st century parliament

Jon Tonge


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Tower of strength: St Andrew’s House, headquarters of the Scottish Government in Edinburgh. Credit: Jane Barlow/PA

Tower of strength: St Andrew’s House, headquarters of the Scottish Government in Edinburgh. Credit: Jane Barlow/PA

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Tower of strength: St Andrew’s House, headquarters of the Scottish Government in Edinburgh. Credit: Jane Barlow/PA

Most of the Assembly focus over the next few months will be on the sizes of its parties after the big election battle this May. Yet there are deeper questions which need considering. When, if ever, is the Assembly going to gain more powers? And why is the Assembly now, by some distance, the weakest of the three devolved institutions representing the countries of the UK?

For Assembly sceptics, giving it more powers would be tantamount to handing a five-year-old the keys to a car and inviting them to take a spin.


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