First on banning tobacco in public places, first on minimum alcohol pricing, first on free care for the disabled, first to commit to really tackling poverty and homelessness, first to ban the use of wild animals in travelling circuses, first on baby boxes and free sanitary products, the Scottish Government looks like being first to give refugees the right to vote. Kind of different from Britain First, I’d say.
From the Independent (one of the few homes for good journalism left) yesterday:
‘The Scottish government is considering allowing refugees and non-EU citizens to vote in local and Scottish parliament elections. Holyrood was granted new powers over taxation and the running of elections by Westminster in 2016 and the SNP minority government is keen to make major changes that will set it apart from the rest of the UK. A public consultation launched last month suggested extending the voting franchise to “everyone legally resident in Scotland”. This would mean anyone granted asylum or a visa to live in Scotland would be able to vote in the country’s regional parliament and local council elections – including refugees and non-EU or non-Commonwealth citizens.’
The results of the consultation are not in yet but I’m optimistic about the support here for the civil rights of all who live in Scotland. It’s another example of the Scottish Government acting to make this the kind of country I want to live in.