07 September 2014

A bit late

As independence looks increasingly likely, the No campaign looks for a game-changer.  The Observer reports:
The people of Scotland are to be offered a historic opportunity to devise a federal future for their country before next year's general election, it emerged on Saturday night, as a shock new poll gave the campaign for independence a narrow lead for the first time.
Amid signs of panic and recrimination among unionist ranks about the prospects of a yes vote on 18 September, the Observer has learned that a devolution announcement designed to halt the nationalist bandwagon is due to be made within days by the anti-independence camp.
The plan, in the event of a no vote, is that people from all parts of Scottish society – rather than just politicians – would be invited to take part in a Scottish conference or convention that would decide on further large-scale transfers of power from London to Holyrood.
If they had thought to make such an offer a year ago - or even six months ago - it might have made a difference.  But, now, it merely reinforces the impression that Westminster will only make grudging concessions when its back is against the wall.


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