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Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 4th December 2013.

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Photo of Patrick Harvie Patrick Harvie Green

Somewhere—perhaps in a parallel universe—129 MSPs sit in a Parliament that is capable of disagreeing on independence but which still reaches rational agreements and has informed debates on other social and economic policies by finding the common ground that exists for so many of us. The debate has been characterised by far too many speeches to the effect either that we could achieve our housing objectives only with independence or that Scotland is “on pause” and—how dare it?—the Government is leaving everything until after independence.

Jackson Carlaw’s speech was the most significant exception to that trend. Although I disagree profoundly with his comments on the right to buy, he made a substantive speech that highlighted problems in our housing supply that none of us can wish away and that we should all be willing to consider rationally.