John Swinney has just talked about "radical" plans 4 local democracy at the SNP conference -- no details though. Lets be clear though. Creating a new tier of muscular town, island and village councils is radical. Creating more talking shops is not. We need real local councils not more centralisation or top-slicing existing council budgets to hand cash to un-elected head teachers. If SNP leadership doesnt realise it is seriously behind the curve on genuinely local democracy - and wastes the opportunity to do difficult structural reform at the start of a 5 year parliament - that failure will come back to bite the SNP just as "radical" land reform did last year. I think the SNP membership wants big change thanks to involvement in #OurLand, Common Weal etc etc.
So come on John Swinney - make Scotland a normal country. Make democracy genuinely local and power genuinely devolved not hogged at Holyrood.