The Forsyth Saga
Lord Michael Forsyth in the Scottish Daily Mail on @RuthDavidsonMSP speech today: “Alex Salmond must feel that Christmas has come early.”
Ruth Davidson talking legal,political and constitutional nonsense last night on devolution to Gordon Brewer. An intellectual miasma rises from her. Alex Massie and David Torrance, right-wing contributors to right-wing Think-Scotland play crap scrabble for something intelligent to say on Ruth.
Ruth Davidson says that Tories were “on the wrong side of history”. Now all she has to say is they’re usually on the wrong side of humanity.
An angler gives the fish more line to tire it out and give an illusion of freedom, then reels it in and gaffs it. This is essentially the Tory/UK strategy on devolution. But Lord Forsyth rather inconveniently blows the gaffe on the real Tory grandees view of devolution – that it was a mistake, should never have happened and ideally should be reversed, a view shared by a large sector of the English Tory Party.
But there is need from much greater clarity from YES campaign politicians, who far from clearing the confusion in many voters minds about the distinction between devolution and independence, are deepening the fog by sloppy thinking and quotes. Devolution definition: transfer or delegation of powers to a lower level especially by central government. Indy politicians need to get a grip of terms.
Today, David Cameron, the failing PM of a failing Government, failing economy, at war with its LibDem partners AND his own party, supports Ruth on devolution !
Devolution is NOT independence – it is a grace-and-favour concession the the ruling government to a subject province, and can be clawed back piece by piece – or abandoned outright – at any time under the Scotland Act.