Monday, 3 September 2007

Scottish Government

I just don't see what all the fuss is about regarding the name change, from Scottish Executive to Scottish Government. I've lost count of the number of times I've had to explain to people on the doorstep the difference between the Scottish Parliament and the Scottish Executive. Each time, I have explained that the Scottish Executive was the official name for the Scottish Government and all became clear.

People understand what a government is. The term Executive is so broad, it could mean many things. The name change will bring further clarity to how Scotland is actually governed.

One of the big problems with the term Scottish Executive was the impression it gave of devolution being somehow administrative and engendering the idea that the ruling parties were there to 'manage', which the previous Lib-Lab Executive took literally. Governments don't merely manage. Governments have aspirations, ideas and ambitious plans. So the name change this week is more than just cosmetic. It reflects the change that has happened in Scotland since the election of the SNP. An Executive has indeed been replaced by a party of government.

1 comment:

Mountjoy said...

well, it is the Scottish Government so why shouldn't it be called this?

At least Alex Salmond will actually Govern, unlike his predecessor McConnell and unlike that Labour shambles in London.