What expectations did we have of the Scottish Parliament, and has it lived up to them? Is the Scottish Parliament a source of valuable new legislation or a waste of time and money? Teenagers and adults from the Glasgow Jewish community teamed up with Brian Monteith MSP and Bill Speirs, General Secretary of the STUC to discuss these issues at a well-attended debate hosted by SCoJeC.
The teams debated the merits of the smoking ban, free personal care for the elderly, the cost of the Scottish Parliament building and whether Scottish affairs should be decided in Edinburgh or London.
After listening to the arguments the audience decided overwhelmingly against the motion proposed by Brian Monteith, Daniel Berkley, Oliver Worth and Joel Conn that the Scottish Parliament has not lived up to expectations. The winning team was that of Bill Speirs, Lori Simpson, Natalie Samuel and Nicola Livingston. The debate was chaired by John Cosgrove, SCoJeC Chair who was ably helped by timekeeper, Yariv Granat.