by Christian Wright
Uh guys, both Cameron and Miliband have unambiguously ruled out DevoMax/FFA. It ain’t gonna happen and we all know why – and it has nothing to do with an alleged £7.5b hole.
FFA is inherently unstable when kludged on to an otherwise unreformed unitary state (without a supporting federal infrastructure). It is a dagger at the heart of Unionism and there is no chance of Westminster relinquishing its sovereignty to enable federalism just for the sake of placating the sweaty socks.
Given that DevoMax/FFA is a non-starter in the next parliament due to Unionist intransigence, why are the Nationalists allowing ProjectFear 2.0 to use it as a stick with which to beat them? Take that stick away from them.
Issue a statement:
“Both Labour and the Tories have stated that they will not under any circumstances enable any legislation supportive of FFA – that is the reality. At Westminster, the SNP will continue to work in the best interests of Scotland and its people mindful of that constraint.”
We need as many bums on seats at Westminster as possible. For now until at least May 7, DevoMax/FFA is naught but an interesting hypothetical. It’s not on the table.