Anonymous said: Do you accept that substantially more powers will be devolved to Scotland if its a No vote? I am absolutely confident it will happen. What do you think of the proposals so far? Or are you going to rubbish them like the typical fascist nationalists you yes guys are?
I am going to rubbish them, you’re right. Firstly however, your fascist smear is really old and out of date now, I know you Bitter Together lot are absolutely bricking it just now, and so you should be, clearly evident in the mountain of abuse in my ask box.
But let’s just explore why this new panicked set of proposals, from a washed out Prime Minister, and now back bench MP, backed up by the three Westminster leaders, is total guff.
1) 2012, during the negotiations on the terms of the Edinburgh Agreement between the First Minister and Prime Minister, the FM pushed for a third, devo max, option on the ballot paper to reflect the overwhelming wishes of Civic Scotland. To Alex Salmond’s credit, it had also been his intention to have a Yes No question. David Cameron refused point blank to have a devo max option on the ballot paper. This new offer is absolute guff and reeks of desperation.
2) All three main Unionist parties have no joint programme for devolution, they can not agree on what to devolve to Scotland so there’s that. Lets also consider the fact that such legislation would need to go through Westminster, and I have no doubt there will be hostile MP’s, particularly in the Conservative party and indeed the Labour Party, doing everything in their power to derail such measures passing through Westminster.
3) We also have Gordon Brown, rebranding himself as a Labour champion of a form of federalism. For a decade he was the most powerful Chancellor in British political history, who could have easily pushed for a programme of further devolution, he didn’t. He was Prime Minister for 3 years and totally ignored the overwhelming call for further powers to Scotland, particularly to meet the challenges of the financial crash. And now he is calling for sweeping powers? total rubbish.
4) Today at Prime Minister’s questions William Hague said that further devolving of powers to Scotland post a No vote is “not currently government policy.” But it was proposals “put forward by the party leaders.” Em okay then, so what is the Prime Minister going on about then?. But give Hague his due, he didn’t lie in the Commons out of some sickening desperation to hang on to us.
5) Also what is being proposed is a timetable to introduce legislation, there is absolutely nothing concrete in terms of powers.
6) But everything that has been proposed to be devolved to Scotland in terms of more powers by the Unionist parties leave out key fiscal levers. Like Corporation Tax, VAT, a flexible Income Tax and the tax revenues from Oil. In all, Scotland would be responsible for 40% of its revenue raising. Why not 100%? Clearly 100% control over fiscal policy under independence is far better than 40% under more devolution.
Lastly, it is also disgraceful, and also telling at how desperate they are, that they have set forth a programme of further devolution, whatever it may be, AFTER over 200,000 Scots have already cast their votes by postal ballot.
This whole sorry episode is desperate, it reeks of rancid hypocrisy and nobody should believe a word of these guys. The surge is with yes, you can taste change in the air, and it is unstoppable. No amount of bribes and half promises is going to derail this movement.
I think you guys are in for a shock next week.