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Well, that worked marvellously well for us, that 1979 thing. Listen to another Eton Tory Boy,
Earl Home, Sir Alec Douglas Home, Lord Home, or whatever, when he promised us more... Of course we didn't actually say no, we said yes, but we hadn't counted on perfidious unionists wanting to count the dead and the uninterested as being on their side. (For further information on this count through the cemeteries see here.)
So they did all the above to us and a very great deal more.
We got 18 years of Tory rule that we didn't vote for and that devastated our country, threw our people on scrap heaps and destroyed communities across the country from one side to the other and from islands to borders.
Then we got Tory light for a further 13 years, and although a few things got better, not much did. And even when it did, it wasn't much better. Then, when the south of England tired of the New Labour experiment, we got Old Etonians running the place again. Sod all to do with us, of course. We voted the way we had been voting for years.
Now we have Nigel Farage's Ukip showing the way to the Tories, scared stiff that the colonels and their memsahibs in the shires are getting sick of wishy washy Cameron.
The Labour Party, having elected Red Ed as their leader, are going out of their way to show the City and the South East that, in fact, they can be just as heartless as uncaring as the Tories.
The Liberals...oh dear, what can you say. By the next election I reckon that they will have more or less disappeared; at least no one will take them seriously, unless, of course, they need a half dozen extra members who will sell their principles for a redbox between them at the next election.
Labour promises more devolution if we just say no. They won't say what that "more" is, because they know perfectly well what the situation is. There can be no more significant devolution unless the English agree to it...and clearly they won't. Anything that will advantage Scotland will disadvantage England, and turkeys don't vote much for Thanksgiving or Christmas.
The Tories have set up a commission under some hereditary lord, which guarantees, of course, that it will be totally in touch with the needs and desires of Mrs McTumshie down the road there... Well it might have more of a chance of being, if only it would meet. But what seems like about a year after it was announced, it hasn't. Thomas Galloway Dunlop du Roy de Blicquy Galbraith, 2nd Baron Strathclyde, CH, PC, for I think it is he who is to chair it, appears to have other, more important things to do.
The Liberals seem to have had convention after convention, headed by every well known Liberal Scot there is...Steele, Campbell. I'm expecting Joe Grimond to be asked to rise from the dead to chair yet another one any day now...except of course it doesn't much matter what they think. They won't have the power to institute it.
As arch unionist Andrew Neil said, if we say no this time, not only will they not give us anything; they will probably attempt to take things away.
In theory, of course, the powers handed to Edinburgh in 1999 were done so on the back of a referendum, and it would seem unlikely that they could be easily taken back, but never ever underestimate the perfidy of a nation which has no constitution and makes things up as they go along to suit the elite. They aren't called the Perfidious Albion for nothing.
I'm just hoping that we don't give them the opportunity to try it.