As far as I can gather, Gordon Brown is claiming that Labour's "new proposals" for welfare devolution go further than The Vow. But he's also claiming that the Tory/Lib Dem coalition government watered down The Vow, and that Labour's proposals will restore it to its former glory. How can it be both?
Option 1 : The Smith Commission never proposed a general power to top-up any welfare benefit, and London party representatives such as Alistair Carmichael were lying through their teeth when they said it did. In this scenario, Labour HAVE proposed going further than Smith, but the Tory/Lib Dem coalition have NOT watered Smith down.
Option 2 : The London parties were telling the truth when they claimed that Smith had proposed a general power to top-up any welfare benefit. In this scenario, the Tory/Lib Dem coalition HAVE watered Smith down, but Labour have NOT proposed going further than Smith.
Which is it, Gordon?