Daily Record, 16th September 2014
THREE LEADERS SIGN BLUFF TO SCOTLAND
Westminster's three party leaders - one of whom (apart from Nick Clegg) will be the next prime minister - sign a historic joint bluff which, in their own words, "might just save our bacon here".
The people of Scotland want to know that all three main parties (and the Lib Dems) will deliver change for Scotland.
WE ARE AGREED THAT:
The Scottish Parliament is permanent, although please note that it can be abolished at any time by simple majority vote at Westminster, and we're not planning to do anything to prevent that. We are, however, going to say the word "permanent" quite a lot, so that'll probably do. We're also going to give the parliament extensive new powers over road signs, on the timetable agreed and announced by our three parties, starting on 19th September. (Although, actually, that timetable may slip slightly - you know how these things are. Also, please note that promises made by Gordon Brown on our behalf about new powers do not form part of this Vow, and we have no intention of sticking to those. Didn't you know he's just some random backbencher guy?)
And it is our hope that the people of Scotland will go back to sleep as one of our three parties (it won't be the Lib Dems) gets on with deciding what is good for Scotland.
We agree that the UK exists to ensure that English MPs can decide on Scottish public spending without any Scottish democratic input. We will introduce so-called "EVEL" to formalise this long-standing tradition.
And because of the introducion of EVEL, tied with the partial retention of the Barnett Formula, we can state categorically that the amount of money available to be spent on the Scottish NHS will be a matter for English MPs.
We believe that the scare stories that so powerfully make the case for staying under the thumb of our three parties (not the Lib Dems) should underpin the future of our power over you chaps. We will honour all of our promises not only before the referendum but also...actually, we'll only honour them before the referendum.
People want to see change. A No vote will deliver slower, riskier and worse change than separation.
It's a No vote. What did you expect?
Signed : David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg.
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