Last week a letter in a Scottish newspaper caught my eye. My admiration of the writer knows no bounds as he has continued to contribute to the Scottish media for many a year.
His letter reiterates what some think is Scotland but not enough. The Scots need to stop thinking government has all the answers because it hasn't. The people have the answers if they think hard enough and our political representatives are there to listen to their views then attempt to dispense their desires.
Mr Orr's suggestion of a Citizens Initiative should not be scorned or disregarded. It should be seriously considered by the Scottish Government.
More power to the people (source)
Sir, — Much has been written of the need for adequate checks and balances on the new SNP Government, which commands an outright majority. One such way is to transfer more power from the Parliament to the people.
So-called "Citizens' Initiatives" provide the means to do this, with mini-referendums being held once a certain number of names on a petition have been collected.
The Citizens' Initiative is a form of direct democracy common in the US, where it operates in almost half the states, and in Switzerland and New Zealand.
Voters in Zurich recently rejected proposed bans on "suicide tourism."
Implementing Citizens' Initiatives would revitalise our stagnant political process and restore credibility and trust in the political system, engaging people directly and giving them a real say on issues that matter most.
It is time we gave power back to the people and this direct democracy measure could do just this.