All Scots must hold London to its word

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Instead of continuing the divisive Yes/No battles we have just come through, the whole of Scotland must unite in expressing its outrage and disgust at the delaying tactics of David Cameron and Nick Clegg and demand that they get on immediately with implementing the solemn promise they made to the Scottish people.

Devolved powers for the English cities and regions definitely need to be on the political agenda, but such a complex issue cannot be worked out in the four months promised for increased Scottish powers.

It took the Scottish Convention six years to plan devolution for Scotland and, after 15 years of a Scottish Parliament, we are still edging our way forward towards an improved solution.

The coalition in England has been sitting on the recommendations of the McKay Commission on devolved powers in England for 18 months.

Cameron’s sudden sense of urgency has nothing to do with democracy. It’s all about political manoeuvring.

Henry L Philip

Grange Loan


There is still a job of work to be done by the wonderful Yes Scotland campaign in fighting to deliver the best deal possible for Scotland while the Westminster 
parties wrangle.

Given the political vacuum created by such machinations, there is an opportunity for the organisation to really seize the agenda and take things forward and deliver devo-max, which a majority of the Scottish people desire.

If we as a nation sit back and wait for the crumbs from the Westminster table we are going to get a paltry set of additional powers, if any at all.

While the energy is still there, Yes Scotland should be pushing for devo-max, with everything bar defence and foreign affairs put under the control of the Scottish Parliament.

We cannot let this 
opportunity slip through our hands and leave ourselves open to a deal cobbled together by the Westminster parties behind the scenes which will go nowhere near satisfying the desires of the Scottish people.

The job for Yes Scotland is not yet done, and while one chapter has firmly closed another chapter has opened up.

Alex Orr

Leamington Terrace


All sides (and there are more than two of them) in the referendum campaign and the final voting process seem to be in agreement that it was a remarkable exercise in democracy.

Many of us who voted felt a real sense of excitement in the knowledge that the cross we were putting in the box would actually make a difference, whether voting Yes or No.

This was not an expression of our normal so-called representative democracy, which involves discussion and votes at party conferences, the preparation of manifestos, voting for a Member of Parliament and the subsequent action by that member on our behalf – as happened with the setting up of the 
referendum itself.

It is difficult to place the actions of the Messrs Cameron, Clegg and Miliband in such a scenario. Did anyone give them a “no ifs, no buts” mandate to propose the extra powers for the Scottish Parliament during the last ten days of the campaign?

My English sister-in-law, who bought her council house in “Middle England”, complains about the “whingeing Scots” and has quite a few “ifs and buts” of her own. She would no doubt like to have a direct say in the Cameron/Clegg/Miliband proposal.

(Dr) Francis Roberts

Duddingston Square West


Tam Dalzell said it in the Sunday press: “Abolish 
Holyrood, bring back regional councils, and keep UK rule at Westminster.”

What a great solution to UK constitutional problems and an equitable way to give lesser regional populations a say in their fiscal future.

Decentralisation is a relative term. At what level should it stop to benefit from the greatest efficiency? Give each region a Barnett-type settlement and give powers to introduce a local poll tax to raise regional income.

Brian Brotherston

Links Road