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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

The vow could do more harm to the Union than good

This morning we see that the Prime Minister, David Cameron. The Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg. And the Leader of the Official Opposition, Ed Miliband have all joined together to make a vow. It is a clear promise to give extensive and permanent new powers to the Scottish Parliament in the event of a no vote on Thursday.

One of the pledges is for the Treasury to ringfence the budget that the Scottish government is able to spend. However the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexender, has said that austerity will need to continue after the general election, whoever wins or which coalition goes forward following the election next year.

This would mean that Scotland under the plan put forward by the three leaders would face no cuts between 2015-2020. which means it is more than likely English public services will have to face deeper cuts to make up the shortfall in the UK Government's budget.

This move is likely to cause major resentment in England, not just from those within the Westminster bubble but throughout the country. English nationalism isn't an issue at the moment but if the English feel they're being punished so Scotland will stay within the Union. David Cameron will be right when he said in Aberdeen last night "I wont be here forever".

Sources already saying this is "outrageous" and are "very angry" that this been put forward. Conservative MPs are already saying they're going to "amend" Gordon Brown's 'Home Rule (Scotland) Bill'.

A number of Conservative MPs are also angry that Gordon Brown has been given "free reign" and that has been like "showing a red rag to a bull" for some Tories seeing the Former Prime Minister "dictating the pace".

Conservative MP for Lichfield, Michael Fabricant, has said on the record "If Scotland votes 'NO', we should not rule anything out regarding a new settlement - and that includes an English Parliament." Cheekily adding "in Lichfield"

Responding to the pledge, Scotland's Deputy First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, took to twitter saying: "Nick Clegg has made a 'pledge' to Scotland. Mmmm. #Tuitionfees"