Done up like a kipper (Henry Condy)
Now that it’s over and the result was close, I wonder how all the vocal ones, who slapped down the yes vote feel, when David Cameron broke his promise on 19th September, less than 12 hours after the result was in.
Not only did he betray the yes vote, but worse still he betrayed the no vote. They voted no, on the strength of his promises, which not one of the three leaders could tell us about.
Then he betrayed one of the unionist pact – he gave an interview saying England would have powers in tandem with Scotland. This without consultation with Labour (stabbing Labour in the back as you like) or Lib Dem leaders, but worse without even consulting his own party.
Gents, you were done up like a kipper. Labour, Lib Dem and Tory will be wiped out in Scotland. Labour will be minus 40 MPs in Westminster, so they are neutered. But he can’t promise powers to England so Ukip rises and forms a coalition with Cameron.
The SNP will have a flood of MPs, who having never ever voted on English matters in parliament, will from now on deal with English issues. That will really put the cat in amongst the pigeons.
On the famous “West Lothian question” Cameron thought he was smart. He will offer the Scots a pittance, give with one hand, take away with the other, and the SNP can’t refuse these crumbs or Cameron will say the SNP are breaking the deal.
But he will feel the anger of the Scot in the next election. He still might very well be the man in history who broke up the union. And all the Scots (not the SNP or Alex Salmond) wanted was to rule their own country in a fair democratic way, look after those less well off (that’s the Scottish way) and get the party who got the most votes in an Scottish election to rule.
One last thought: Cameron wants this question of future referenda buried for ever, but why do we have to go begging to an English parliament for this?