David Cameron has excellent PR skills. To show he 'cares' about Scotland he rushed up here hot foot during his first week in office, met with the First Minister and had a wee tour of our expensive Parliament. He insisted he would treat 'Scotland with respect'. I noted he didn't say 'with the respect it deserves' but it's now becoming clear that's what the new coalition government meant.
Very quickly Mr Cameron and his deputy decided the date of the next Westminster election. Why that had such priority seemed strange but it was said it was part of the 'deal' with the libdems. So the next general election will be held on the same day as the Scottish Parliament planned for the Holyrood election in 2015. With 4 year terms of office in the Scottish Parliament the date had been mooted for some time. So Scotland, in 2015, now has to vote for both Holyrood and Westminster on the same day. A good idea? Certainly, if that does come about, the voting will be interesting - in both elections.
As part of the 'respect we deserve' agenda, this past week Nick Clegg has decided Westminster will hold a referendum on AV, on the day of our Holyrood elections next year. Alex Salmond protested but it would appear his bawling has been ignored.
There's a Scottish Office in London which I have always presumed was an expensive government department primarily in situ to liaise with the UK and Scottish governments. If it can't sort out two simple problems of clashing dates, how do we expect it to do anything in the best interests of Scotland?
Silly me. It's just another branch of UK plc treating us with the respect we deserve.