Wednesday, 6 October 2010
David Cameron wants Independence Poll? Either that or he does not know what he is talking about: You choose!
David Cameron has been to a Scottish reception at the Tory's Birmingham conference where he has said he is ready to fight an independence referendum if the SNP "ever have the courage" to call one.
This begs a few questions, not least of which is that it finally seems to lay to rest the spectre of the Scottish Parliament not actually having the competence to call a referendum on Scotland’s future. A lot of quislings have argued that the Scotland Act does not allow the Scottish Parliament to decide its own future in this way and that only the Westminster Assembly has this competence. The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom seems to disagree with that supposition and is clearly of the opinion that the Scottish Parliament can decide for itself re independence. Thanks for clearing that up David!
Either that of course or he does not know his armpit from his proverbial and has just opened his mouth a made Scottish policy on the hoof rather as he is doing in England by bribing married couple the day after he pinches their universal child benefit and gets a bad headline in the Daily Mail.
Much more likely that it is one of these gray areas that will only be decided when it is decided if you know what I mean! Rather like Wallace Simpson not being made an HRH because once given it can’t be taken away until of course they do when they take away Princess Diana’s.
This is all great fun I know and raises a question about whether the much talked about coming independence of his Scottish colleagues is going to be anything like that at all, when he seems to be able to decide policy for them, without reference. (Rather like Wendy Alexander did when she unexpectedly bounced the Labour party into wanting a referendum for a short while with her “bring it on” moment.)
He went on to show that he has no real grasp or respect for Scotland and its issues by saying that the nationalists did not look likely to hold one soon. Clearly he is not aware that his own party north of the border are part of the reason for the SNP reluctance to have a referendum. They were after all part of the Unionist block that said they would vote against the proposal without even reading it first.
He also said he wanted to see a "full recovery" of the Scottish Tory Party. Huh fat chance! When he clearly has no idea whether he is coming or going north of the border and wont even give his own Scottish party the respect due never mind that agenda much talked about in Tory circles but more evident in gas than in actual “respect agenda”.
The SNP rather predictably said that if Mr Cameron wanted a referendum he should call on the Scottish Tory leader to support one QED. Another own goal by the Tories!
When will the Unionists wake up and smell the coffee? Instead of these never ending mixed messages, why don’t they just give the SNP its referendum and let them lose it? If I were them I would stop dancing to the SNPs tune push through a referendum bill, attach a clause that says there wont be another one for 25 years and let the SNP lose, as all polls show they surely must. Would that not be the end of the SNP?