So, the Scots have spoken and decided to remain part of the Union – hurrah!
Now the fallout from the shambles that was the ‘No’ campaign and the last gasp concessions given by the LibLabCon to sweeten the deal.
The calls for fundamental changes to the way our government operates are coming from far and wide. Starting with Nigel’s response in his press release from Friday morning
Accordingly we are pleased that the Scottish referendum resulted in a “No” vote but unhappy that Messrs. Cameron, Miliband and Clegg saw fit, without an electoral mandate, to make a last minute vow to Scotland for increased powers and the continuation of the Barnett Formula.
The important phrase here is “without an electoral mandate” – in fact the additional powers weren’t even voted through by parliament – it was a last-ditch scramble to rescue the situation in a most undemocratic way.
You can read more on UKIP’s Proposal “A Future For The Union“, written by Paul Nuttall. As usual with UKIP policy it is simple and straightforward.
So what have the headline writes made of the #IndyRef?
Breitbart have run a scathing piece on Ed Milliband’s reaction;
Instead of celebrating the victory for the union, and instead of representing the countries of Scotland, Wales, England and Northern Ireland, Darling and Miliband stood in front of a deep red, ‘Scottish Labour Party’ backdrop and began to pat the Labour Party on the back for their hard fought victory.
And it continues;
And there’s no doubt it was hard fought. It had to be hard, because it was so very bad. The Labour Party almost lost Scotland due to its startling campaigning ineptitude, coupled with the fact that it fails to excite anyone, north or south of the border, anymore.
The Daily Mail has the headline
Two in three English MPs want to axe Scots perks: Cameron facing revolt over ‘financial party bags’
With news that DC faces a backlash from MPs as he promises to keep the Barnett formula, which sees Scots receiving £1,500 per person per year more in public money than the rest of us.
The DT reports that Labour are set to refuse the PM’s proposals of fairer government in Westminster, specifically the idea that Scottish MPs should not be allowed to vote on English-only legislation. Because, as they report;
Excluding Scottish MPs from votes concerning only England would represent a disaster for the Labour Party.
So the political unity that saved the Union on Thursday collapses on Friday.
And it will come as no surprise to anyone to read in the New Statesman that Nick Clegg rejects the PMs plans for English Votes for English laws as he seeks to manoeuvre his party further left in readiness for a potential Lib-Lab coalition after GE2015.
One thing is for sure, the genie is out of the bottle when it comes to regional governance and try as they might the Party leaders aren’t going to be able to put it back any time soon.