I did the SDLP a severe disservice last night, but I was also far too kind to the Green Party of England and Wales. I had assumed that, as a sister party to the Labour party, the SDLP might have voted against Full Fiscal Autonomy for Scotland, but they most certainly didn't - both Mark Durkan and Margaret Ritchie were in the 'Aye' lobby alongside the SNP. They were the only non-Scottish MPs to vote in favour of Home Rule, because two of the three Plaid Cymru MPs acted as tellers to allow a full showing for the SNP (I presume the other one wasn't able to attend), and remarkably, the sole Green MP voted against. That means not even a single MP representing an English constituency - not Caroline Lucas, not Dennis Skinner, not Edward Leigh, not Jeremy Corbyn, nobody - voted to respect the result of the general election in Scotland, and the overwhelming mandate given by voters to Full Fiscal Autonomy.
Here are the full, and rather stark figures...
Vote on a new clause to deliver Full Fiscal Autonomy for Scotland
Scottish MPs :
Non-Scottish MPs :
(The numbers add up to 642 rather than 650, because the Speaker, Deputy Speakers and tellers are unable to vote.)
Still, we're a "glorious United Kingdom", aren't we? Oodles of mutual respect and all that. English Labour and Tory MPs would never, ever dream of exploiting Scotland's smaller representation in parliament by voting down our democratically-expressed will, and then loudly cheering what they had just done. Would they?