Peat Worrier on the quality of legislative scrutiny

From January:  Lallands Peat Worrier worries about the quality of the Justice’s Committee’s analysis of the existing law relating to assisted suicide.

the Justice Committee’s summary of the Scottish legal position amounts to a big shrug about the complexity of the common law, cannot offer any clear guidance on what kinds of assisting behaviour may or may not be criminal under the law as it stands, and focuses almost entirely on explicitly irrelevant English material.


Christine Grahame may talk a good game, and make occasional noises about robust and independent-minded scrutiny of policy – but under her chairmanship, this committee has often as not produced a singularly undistinguished and unfocussed analysis of the justice issues placed before it. Today’s facile report kicks off 2015, dismally on trend.


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