August 27, 2009

NO BAD DEED GOES UNREWARDED:

The folly of devolution: The furore over the Lockerbie release may hasten the decline of the union (James Macintyre, 27 August 2009, New Statesman)

After 18 years of a Tory government for which relatively few Scots voted, and having been used as a laboratory for the poll tax experiment, Scotland welcomed devolution in 1997. But Tony Blair's mistake was to accept uncritically his predecessor John Smith's policy on devolution, instead of making the case for a national Labour government that would redress some of the damage of the Thatcher years. Today, the latest BBC Scotland/ICM poll shows that only 38 per cent of Scots would vote for independence while 54 per cent support the union. But amid a gradual, diminishing sense of cohesion, there are new fears that the controversy over the Lockerbie release may further expose the flaws of the devolution settlement and thereby hasten nationalist moves towards the 300-year-old union's demise.

So, like William Wallace, the passengers of Pan Am 103 will have died for Scottish liberation.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 27, 2009 12:00 AM
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