Gerald Warner is a Scot who writes magnificently – and is very witty. He’s been around for a long time. If you want a potted lesson on how Scotland has ended up here, he provides it:
Donald Dewar, a locally overrated politician who specialised in rhetoric and little else, persuaded Tony Blair, a vacuous neophiliac that devolution would be a seismic reform. It was new, it would sunder the traditional coherence of the British constitution – which Blair hated – it would, in short, be cool. A further consideration was that a Scottish parliament would permanently be dominated by Labour, once its composition had been suitably gerrymandered by appointments of unelected MSPs off party leaders’ lists. What was not to like?
Of course Labour’s unyielding course of taking the entire Scottish electorate for granted by spoonfeeding them public cash ultimately rebounded on them, as it well may with the Nats. It is the same policy after all.
Warner goes on, in an unnecessarily pessimistic tone about how the next 5 years will unfold. I don’t share his gloom. Nobody know quite what will happen, but here’s a good blueprint of the problems/solutions.
The Nats heading for Westminster will have to grow up a bit, even the teenagers. As yet another Scot, Bruce Anderson says, in a piece which also considers the constitutional issues: Then again, a lot of Nats are easily offended. About ninety per cent of the Party give the impression that they are constantly caught up in a cloud of grievance.
Despite the SNP’s alleged ‘iron discipline’, I very much doubt that Eck (Salmond) thinks it applies to him. Already there are portents. In addition, the chances of him creating a significant stooshie related to his behaviour down in London are not insignificant. This could be fun.