|It's the democratic thing to do|
None of them could properly come to Scotland and promise it, so they allowed the Daily Record to print a vow. It was, by their own admission, nothing to do with them.
Cameron made it as clear as clear could be that it was for Scots to decide. It was nothing to do with him, any more than it will be for Maltese to decide whether the UK should stay in the EU.
Cameron is English and it doesn't help that he is as popular in Scotland as an outbreak of diphtheria. He could not come and make a speech.
Miliband is also English. It was nothing to do with him either. The man who was supposed to take the Labour Party to the left, Red Ed turns out not to be any more than a shade pink round the edges, until UKIP is mentioned and then he becomes navy blue. He's simply seen in Scotland as being weird. Mr Bean without the humour. He couldn't come to Scotland and make a speech.
Clegg is English too. I'm not sure anyone in Scotland even knows who he is. Probably had he come to Scotland no one would have noticed.
So they hit on a plan. Let's get Gordon. To the English he is considered to be popular in Scotland. And of course it will pay back Darling for being so utterly useless and bringing the campaign to the point where it looked like YES would win. Humiliate him by getting Gordon to save the day.
|Poor old Alistair.|
The day was saved at the 11th hour... by his arch enemy.
Win Win. And so they did... and so it did!
The people spoke. The day was saved. Darling looked pathetic.
And Mr Ashcroft's super poll showed that it was 'the vow' and Gordon what done it.
Twenty-three per cent of those who voted NO did so on the basis that Devo Super-Max was on the cards. Federal UK. If that 23% had voted yes the numbers would have looked pretty much the exact opposite of the way the looked on the 19th.
Of course to long term followers of the referendum campaign this will not have come as much of a surprise. From the get go the majority of Scots wanted Devo-max.
Not me, but the majority of Scots would have voted for it, had it been on the ballot paper. It wasn't thanks to David Cameron, whose idea of democracy doesn't stretch to including what ordinary people actually want.
Well, at least, not until he's in a corner.
The timetable they set themselves for Devo Federal Max is utterly out of the question, particularly now that the English and the Welsh, and for all I know, the Ulstermen are clamoring for more.
|Munguin insisted his photograph be used here |
although there is no logical reason for it.
Still, he's the boss and he's learning the guitar
so that when the bottom falls out of the blog market
he can join One Direction
My best guess is that, if we get federalism, it won't be long before we are wondering why 10% of our Scottish tax take is wasted on killing people with brown skins and a lot of oil, and playing host to an abomination of a killing machine that, although we pay for it, we do not own and cannot use.
At that point independence is only a matter of getting their bombs out of our water, and starting to boost the economy of the Clyde basin.
As Wendy Alexander was given to saying...Bring it on.