The Law Society of Scotland says the new Scotland Bill which has come to pass via the Smith Commission has successfully “incorporated” the terms of the devolution deal.
In truth, there was never any possibility that David Cameron would renege on what some people called ‘the vow’.
Already, Nicola Sturgeon has decided to cry foul and complaint the new powers fall short of what is needed.
And regardless if anything else comes to the Scottish Parliament; her call will be always the same.
The Law Society of Scotland in the shape of its president,Alistair Morris, says the legislation “reflects” the agreement struck by the parties. Measures agreed include the transfer of “important areas of law policy” such as welfare, income tax and some VAT revenues.
With Sturgeon doing her grudge, grievance and malcontent routine, she yet again shows her startling lack of class and statesmanship. It is also rather embarrassing for Nicola Sturgeon and her deputy, John Swinney that such a body as the Law Society of Scotland is publicly speaking out against them.
The SNP leadership put into motion publicly a narrative that Scots had been betrayed because the Bill failed to match the “spirit or intent of the Smith Agreement”.
We all know now, the reality is that the ‘Sein Fein’ SNP actually wanted a Conservative Government, they had no intention of working with Labour, and their entire campaign was to destroy the Scottish Labour Party.
Although some of the Labour MPs had a good track record, others didn’t, and that was one of the biggest single causes in Labour’s epic defeat. If you don’t take care of your constituents then you can expect to see anger grow, a tipping point then arises and the good get swept out with the bad.
It is doubtful some of those Labour MPs defeated will be missed.
What has replaced them is some respects is pure trash, we have already gotten a taste of that by the seating row and the happy clapping episodes. When the new SNP MPs open their mouths, we will see how untalented and inept they really are, student politics in a place such as
Westminster will not play well.
The SNP like to cause trouble, this is mainly due to ignorance; for example, they argued that the new legislation contained a series of “vetoes” allowing UK ministers to block changes in areas related to welfare payments and energy bills. This on the face of it seems like a legitimate point, but we shouldn’t just blindly accept their word, the Scotland Office the clauses highlighted by the SNP were only “practical arrangements to ensure the transfer of new powers smoothly.”
See what I mean by a genuine lack of talent, grievance for grievance, literally, it is like trying to deal with illiterates who don’t understand Statehood or the mechanisms of such practices.
David Mundell, the Scottish Secretary has indicated that the UK Government intends to fast-track the Bill; this means that voters will see what deal the political parties which to put to the Scottish electorate. There will come a point when the people of
Scotland will realise that Nicola
Sturgeon isn’t doing anything to make their lives better.
Obviously the Conservatives are hoping that next May, they will get to be the official opposition and replace Scottish Labour at Holyrood. One thing which should be pointed from the Conservatives successful 2015 election is that in
Ruth Davidson failed her first major test of leadership.
She didn’t gain a single additional seat, this is important to mention, and shouldn’t be glossed over.
Ruth Davidson can only have success by the process of the Labour Party in
The new Scotland Bill will make Holyrood responsible for 60 per cent of Scottish spending and 40 per cent of taxation. I think the Conservatives are being slightly hopeful that Sturgeon will raise taxes, what she will do is cut burdens, what she will do is force councils to downsize jobs numbers.
We will also see at the same time, Nicola Sturgeon pushing the living wage which she is currently doing at present as a smokescreen.
At First Minister’s Questions, Ms Sturgeon said:
“The UK Government, I think, had a very clear test today to deliver a Bill which lived up in full, in spirit and in letter, to the Smith Commission. The Bill has been published within the last hour or so and, from my glance at it, I think it falls short in almost every area."
The key word here, is ‘glance’, do you remember what Nicola Sturgeon said, ‘education got me where I am today’, you don’t glance at documents, you read them fully, line by line. Incidentally, it wasn’t education that got Nicola Sturgeon where she is today; it was screaming hate at SNP Conferences about how everything is the fault of the English couched in the term ‘Westmintser’.
Deputy First Minister John Swinney said:
"Less than a fortnight ago, the Prime Minister came to
Edinburgh and pledged to the people of Scotland to
deliver the Smith Agreement in full. Today, it's plain to see that promise has
been broken. Delivering the Smith Commission's recommendations was the minimum
the UK Government had to deliver."
My opinion of John Swinney has gone down since the Scottish referendum.
What we will see in this term of the
parliament aside from the SNP making fools in the Chamber of the House of
Commons is the political landscape of the United Kingdom drastically
This will happen and the SNP will become irrelevant, matters of substance will be set in motion while Nicola Sturgeon’s MPs just carp on the sidelines.
George LairdThe Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University