Oily Al has resigned. I’ve never liked him and probably never will, but even so, credit where it is due. He failed and has done the honourable thing. That takes courage. He has my respect for that even though he has headed a party of spiteful nannying puritans all these years. That party won’t change, it might even get worse if Caviar Woman takes the helm.
Cameron wouldn’t have resigned if his side lost. He said so. He also made loads of impossible promises that he knew, perfectly well, his party would never let him keep.
Now? Well, now that the Cleggeron Coagulation, in cahoots with the Ed Miller Band, has seen off the kilted horde, are they magnanimous in victory? Do polar bears shit in the tropical tundra? Of course not.
‘Better Together’ Cameron now wants to stop Scottish MPs voting on English-only matters, a ridiculous paradox that has been known as the ‘West Lothian Question’ for a long time. Cameron has never bothered to do anything about it before. That’s because it’s unsolvable.
Stopping those Scottish MPs voting on English matters would mean that in the event of a Labour government with a small majority, we would have two governments. One (Labour) in which all MPs can vote on international and whole-UK affairs and the other (probably UKIP, the way things are going) with a majority on domestic matters down south.
Then there is the ‘Barnett formula’ which is claimed to be a subsidy for Scotland. Scotland claims it is just getting back the taxes the Scots have paid into Wastemonster. I have no idea which is right and honestly, don’t care.
If the Holyrood government get their own tax collectors then there won’t be any money going south to Wastemonster so no need for this tax-moving stupidity. Simple, but it’s not going to happen. What will happen is that Wastemonster will scrap the Barnett Formula but still collect all the Scottish taxes and throw back a crumb or two.
So now that the ‘Better Together’ campaign has won, the Wastemonsters want to stop Scottish MPs voting in England and they want to stop sending tax money back to Scotland.
Both of the problems they now claim are of vital importance would have been solved overnight by a ‘Yes’ vote. All of Wastemonster campaigned for a ‘No’ vote. Yet now they act as though Scotland had voted ‘Yes’.
It’s hard not to see the sudden emergence of these ‘critical matters’ in Parliament as some sort of petty vengeance to slap down the upstarts – 45% of the voting population of Scotland.
If there is one thing worse than a sore loser, it’s a sore winner.
Cameron should take care where he treads. There are already allegations that the voting was rigged – and evidence that would seem to support those allegations.
Oily Al might have jumped too soon.