Scotland on Sunday has published an article, by David Cameron, in which he states he will insist on far closer relations between the two administrations than has occurred under Labour if he is elected Prime Minister at the next election. It's rather pleasing to know that he personally will talk to the FM isn't it. Bit of an improvement with the attitude of the present PM.
This week in Parliament, the tories gave their somewhat half-hearted support to the libdem's proposal for Scottish Parliament to have borrowing powers, by abstaining along with labour. The proposal was carried.
In certain parts of Scotland in the last decade, tory voters have begun to support the SNP, mainly because they believe in independence or certainly more fiscal control. Ms Goldie is playing a good game at present and she may be listening to the some of the wishes of the tory membership.
Then Mr Cameron blows it. "If elected, I will do everything in my power to ensure that the SNP will not be able to split up the UK." Where have we heard this before? Oh Dave, you were doing reasonably well and now you sound like a bully with the "everything in my power..." stance. A more appropriate comment may have been that he would work with the Scottish government and support an independence referendum. A poll out today shows opinion for independence and the status quo is running about 50/50. Polls are of little interest to me but I do know confidence is growing day by day in Scotland.
Why are Westminster MPs so determined to hold onto Scotland? Many in England would be quite happy if Scotland became independent because they consider us a drain on their resources. So why is it that the two main UK political parties and the libdems are so desperate for Scotland to be part of this broken union? The only reasons I can think of are financial. Our electricity is sold far cheaper south of the border than here and we supply heavily populated areas of England. Is that why? Doubtful if that is the only reason.