The Scotsman Cartoon: Drifting devolution plans

PLANS to hand greater powers to Scotland are being pushed through at “unrealistic” speed and may be unworkable, MPs have been told.

Illustration: Iain Green
Illustration: Iain Green

A Commission chaired by Lord Smith is currently working with the main parties at Holyrood to broker a deal on more powers after the high profile vow by David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband in the closing stages of the referendum campaign.

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Mark Durkan, former Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland, even suggested a comparison between the years of political “stalling” that followed the Good Friday Agreement and the Smith Commission on enhanced devolution.