We recommend that one of the panels which should be set up is a specific people’s panel to discuss the MSPs’ code of conduct
The panel should certainly be set up to while MSP’s exist, however it will not be needed once a Citizen’s Assembly takes over.
The action is simple - set up the citizens panel to discuss and review this topic. Parliamentary business at Westminster has long been tarnished by some elected representatives exhibiting very juvenile behaviour and not abiding by the established rules. There are signs that this type of behaviour is starting to creep in the Holyrood and it should be reigned in now - before it undermines trust in our own democracy - or is that now an objective for some parties??
This should be done by lawyers, using the best international guidelines.
Times and politicians change in considerable ways. Code of Conducts should regularly be reviewed. A citizens panel would give you information on how effective they think the current code of conduct for MSPs is, especially in this time when our faith in Westminster politicians is at an all time low.
There's a lot of sensational information out there about politicians' conduct. The rules are already complex, reviewed and, where issues are raised, enforced. I wouldn't make this a priority.
Politicians shouting at each other can make it difficult for people to engage as it can be off putting and cause anxiety. If MSPs don't obey the rules there should be consequences for this. Like a fine or leaving the chamber. PO already has the power to name and exclude members if they break the rules but people need to know more about the rules. There is a risk that all the shouting makes the chamber like the House of Commons which has too much shouting and arguments already.
People with autism and other learning disabilities think rules are very important - rules are rules - and it would be confusing if rules are not followed - PO needs to remind members more of rules when they are not being followed and if they are not obeyed then they should be implemented. Mute mics when rules are broken or they are too loud or aggressive - or give MSPs a visual reminder of rule breaking. Inappropriate behaviour should be investigated properly.
MSPs, as elected representatives, should not be subject to a code of conduct decided upon by an unelected panel decided upon by sortition. I see no problem with the current process of devising the Scottish Parliament's Code of Conduct, it is good and proper that it remains deliberated, agreed and enforced within the Scottish Parliament by elected representatives.
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