I HAVE to agree with those commentators and politicians who have been claiming betrayal over further devolution. However, where I part company is in who has been betrayed and how.
Since 18 September the agenda appears to have been driven by the so-called 45. The democratic will of the 55 per cent of those who voted to stay as an integral part of the UK (plus those who didn’t care enough about independence to vote) appears to be being ignored.
It is beginning to look as if the Smith Commission will be yet another political party stitch-up aided by so-called “civic Scotland” which is actually just a construct for commentators to use for their own political ends.
One good thing about the referendum campaign was the involvement of ordinary folk the length and breadth not only of Scotland but as the campaign neared its end the rest of the UK as well.
Will we have any say in what is decided?
I doubt it and I feel that Lord Smith is appearing to be remiss in not seeking the views of the ordinary voters.
Did all the 55 per cent want massive new powers especially when nobody has defined what devo-max actually is? It certainly was never on the ballot paper.
(Dr) Roger I Cartwright
What is this talk of a “black hole” in Scotland’s finances?
The main plank in the platform of the successful Better Together campaign was that while having its own parliament with extensive powers, Scotland would continue to enjoy the financial and other support of the UK – the best of both worlds, you might say.
In the run-up to the referendum, I could understand people wanting Scotland to be completely independent, and I could understand those wanting to remain part of the Union. There is logic on both sides.
But now I hear some people from the pro-Union side saying they don’t want devo-max. This I do not understand.
True, it was not on the ballot paper, but isn’t being part of something bigger but with more devolved powers the next logical step? Perhaps we need a new referendum with more specific questions.