Since its publication, Labour’s latest paper on the constitution has been rubbished by academics as being “hypocritical”.
Kirsty Hughes, Director of the Scottish Centre on European Relations, has branded Labour’s plans “hypocritical”, saying Scotland has only been offered “cursory crumbs” to “provide soundbites” for an election.
Andrew Tickell of Glasgow Caledonian University said “there is almost nothing in the new [Labour] prospectus” for Scotland.
Commenting, Gillian Martin MSP said:
“This damning verdict from academics in Scotland must be a wake-up call to Labour that their plan isn’t worth the paper it’s written on.
“Labour’s attempt at tinkering at the edges of devolution has ended up with a policy paper that effectively undermines it.
“This was Labour’s latest chance to bring something meaningful to the debate.
“The pro-Brexit Labour party has shown clearly that it has nothing positive to offer the people of Scotland.
“Astonishingly, it doesn’t even propose reversing the powers the Tories have grabbed from the Scottish Parliament since Brexit.
“That speaks volumes for how little Labour now care for Scottish democracy.
“It’s only the full powers of independence that can protect Scotland from the damage of Brexit and the Trumpian denial of democracy from Westminster parties.
“And it’s only the full powers of independence that Scotland can get rid of Westminster Tory governments for good.”