Comment by a disgruntled Liberal.
So there we have it, every ammendment put forward to the Scotland Act by the majority of MPs elected by the Scottish people have been rejected by the UK Parliament. This means that the so called respect agenda results in English Votes for English Laws and English Votes for Scottish Laws, English Votes for Welsh Laws and English Votes for Northern Irish Laws. NOTHING HAS REALLY CHANGED.
We are very fastly approaching a constitutional crisis in many ways and I just do not believe that the Scottish people will sit by for too much longer allowing this situation to continue. Basically, as has always been the case, English MPs can decide on what happens in Scotland in vital areas by simply voting down any proposal they don’t like or that they feel might make Scotland have an advantage or deliver better outcomes for Scottish people. However, Scottish MPs can in no way influence what happens in England and cannot vote down any English legislation, even if that legislation has a negative impact on Scotland in any way. This is no longer acceptable.
I have been ashamed watching some of the debate this week, watching English MPs troop in for the vote from the bars, taking no part in the debate but cheering the nay vote and sneering at 56 of Scotland’s representatives in Westminster. Watching the sole Labour, Conservative and Liberal MPs in Scotland going against the wishes of the Scottish people AGAIN. I have been ashamed that the Liberal Democrats abstained from the vote when things like Full Fiscal Atonomy are vital steps towards federalism, do they really want the break up of the UK! Yes I suspect they do and their contemp for the Scottish people this week has brought the end of the UK that much closer.
Do the unionist parties in Scotland really believe that Scottish voters are going to sit by and watch this happen, do they really believe the no vote was the end of the process, that watering down Smith to the point that it is no longer relevant will go unnoticed by the voters. I suspect they are in for a rude awakening. I joined the Liberal Democrats because I am a Liberal and would be happy to accept a federal UK. By sitting on our hands you are making it very difficult to say what the Liberal Democrats are actually for, if we are not even for federalism then what is the point. I am an angry man this week, not surprised, but angry and frustrated that Westminster can show such contempt for the Scottish people, you should all be ashamed.
I suspect that the SNP may well now come up with proposals for next years election to the Scottish Parliament that will put the Unionist Parties under real pressure regarding the constitution, and rightly so. This week has shown many voters in Scotland again that their vote does not count if Westminster does not like that vote. Now for the elections next year I am not expecting to see anything even remotely radical from the Liberal Democrats in Scotland, I suspect we have to fall a bit further before we get the chance to look at radical change in Scotland. We have got to stop being the party of only child care, asking people to resign and gloating over bad oil figures. We need to be the progressive, forward thinking, liberal thinking party we can be, fighting for Scotland in a federal UK. My time in the Liberal Democrats has been brief so far, and I still have so much more to learn, but this week, watching the debate in Westminster made this Liberal even more of a YES voter than I was before.
The Liberal Democrats are a unionist party, nothing wrong with that at all but when that Union actually means England then we have a very serious problem that is not going to go away and my money is on the Scottish people.