2 thoughts on “Give Scotland ‘devo max’”

  1. Posted 07/02/2014 at 01:48 | Permalink

    A nice mixture of facile analysis and fantasy, with a dose of patronising Tory claptrap thrown in for good measure.

    That the British parties made a massive blunder in rejecting the opportunity offered by the Scottish Government to put a “more powers” option on the referendum ballot now seems obvious. so obvious that even the British parties in Scotland have twigged and are now frantically trying to pretend that a No vote is actually a vote for “more powers”. Obviously, they lie. But that is all we expect from them.

    However, it is not as simple as Philip Booth supposes. I’m not sure that anybody in the British parties thought about it very deeply. When Alex Salmond made the offer of a “second question” he was reasonably confident that he could depend on the very knne-jerk reaction that he got. But he also knew that, supposing somebody on the British nationalist side had applied a modicum of intellectual rigour, they would surely have seen that they had a serious problem.

    Had the British parties, decided to accept the chance to put a devo-whatever option on the ballot they would then have been obliged to come up with a set of proposals that offered the people of Scotland something close tp what they want in terms of more powers for the Scottish Parliament. The problem lies in the fact that the unionists have absolutely no intention of delivering such powers.

    Deceiving the people of Scotland about what a No vote means is one thing. Reneging on a commitment which has been given the support of a significant majority of the electorate is quite another. One way or another, there was never any real possibility of the British parties coming up with a “more powers” option to put to a vote. all exactly as Salmond calculated. Because, despite the myths peddled by the mainstream media, we know that he never wanted a “second question”.

    Which brings us to the fantasy. The first part of this is the quaint notion that there will be further devolution in the event of a No vote. You’d be hard-pressed to find anybody in Scotland who believes that fairy-tale. It simply isn’t going to happen.

    Even more quaint is the notion of a large contingent of Scottish socialist MPs at Westminster. Only a Tory could come up with that kind of drivel. For a start, the majority of those 59 MPs from constituencies in Scotland represent British Labour. They are not Scottish MPs. They are British MPs. And only someone seriously detached from reality would call them socialists.

    What Mr Booth forgets is that these are the people fronting Better Together – an organisation which is basically Tory money funding a British Labour campaign. These are people who have spent years, in some cases decades, fighting to prevent the Scottish Parliament gaining more powers. Their overriding imperative is the preservation of the British state and the structures of power and privilege from which they and their clients benefit. It is pure fantasy to imagine that these people would voluntarily devolve more powers to the Scottish Parliament once the people of Scotland have forfeited the leverage of the independence option.

    And the condescension? It’s right there in the title of the article. The assumption that ultimate power resides with the British state and that the people of Scotland must be content with whatever the British state deigns to allow them. It is this denial of the sovereignty of the people of Scotland that makes the union intolerable.

    Power devolved is power retained. Real power is not given, it is taken. Only the people of Scotland have the right to decide what powers their parliament should have. So long as British politicians usurp that right there will be an independence movement in Scotland. We will bring Scotland’s government home. All of it. Not merely the bits that are grudgingly and gracelessly “given” by the British state.

  2. Posted 07/02/2014 at 12:41 | Permalink

    Apologies for the daunting lump of text that my earlier comment has been reduced to by the formatting having been stripped out.

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