“We will legislate early in the first year of the next Parliament,” he said. “It would be in the first legislative pogramme of a fourth term.” Both the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, and the Chancellor, Alistair Darling, he said, were “signed up” to the timetable.
“It will be enormously radical,” Mr Murphy continued. “MSPs will be making the big decisions every year [that] they do not even discuss at the moment ... [such as] what should the tax rate be in Scotland. That will transform politics in Scotland and give the Scottish Parliament the kind of accountability it hasn’t had in the first ten years of devolution. They will have to decide how they spend the money they have asked the Scottish people for.”
Mr Murphy is certainly ensuring he has a high profile in the press these days. Of course he has little else to do it seems. I note in the article he desperately tries to substantiate his position by stating it had been an error for his predecessors, such as Des Browne, to be asked to combine the Scottish Secretary's role with another major Cabinet post.