rancidpunk wrote:Yeah, you're right cc,
I can just see where this is leading;
What proportion of our financial resources should be allocated to the Scottish elections?
Should members that live outside Scotland have a say on how the campiagn is run?
How relevant are regional elections when copyright law is controlled by Westminster?
All questions that are going to need answered soon, but until those who are ignorant of how Scottish politics and Scottish law work have the specific differences explained to them, it's not going to be easy for members to make their own minds up and vote on the changes to the manifesto for the Holyrood elections.
Don't get me wrong, I agree with you on all those points.
Matters such as copyrights and patents, consumer protection, data protection and so on are out of Holyrood's control.
(You can refer to this document for a brief description of the Scottish parliament's powers vs Westminster's.)
Still, if our Scottish members feel they can come up with a worthwhile manifesto, which is still relevant to our main party policies, then we have no reason to in any way deny them the opportunity to contest the election.
If, however, their manifesto becomes something the party can't agree with, or which is totally irrelevant, or which will not raise awareness in the party, then their budget will be reduced accordingly. I trust our Scottish members to be mature enough to understand that it is not unreasonable because, after all, we are in this together and using our resources wisely is important!
Edit: Reading back, we seem to be saying the same thing, more or less, except I expect to see a draft of their manifesto after they've had a chance to think about it and you want to know what they plan to put in it beforehand.