Amazing, the Tories have done it again – produced a poisoned chalice. William Hague on the Radio 4 Today Programme announce their proposal for EV EL. The Committee stages of an English only Bill would be voted on by just English MPs but the final 3rd Reading vote would be open to all MPs.
He stressed that this would give English MPs the power of veto over English only legislation. He never mentioned that non-English MPs might have a similar veto at 3rd Reading. What great spin. But also what a waste of time if a Bill were to fall at the last hurdle. So there would be great pressure and massive negative publicity if a Bill were to be voted down. Hence the poisoned chalice. What is more Hague never mentioned the House of Lords nor what would happen to a Bill which with some amendment might have passed into law.
It is quite possible after GE15 that Labour will be able to govern with the help of non-English MPs. If English MPs have a Tory majority then they could amend English legislation as it went through the committee stage so that it was unacceptable to Labour. What then? Effectively the Labour government would have no jurisdiction over English law making. What a nonsense.
Why can no politician have the guts or the vision to see that a federal solution is now the only solution as an alternative to Scottish Independence..
We now know the substance of David Cameron’s promise of Devo Max. If anybody thought that it would be any more than what it is they were being very naïve. It has been deliberately made as complicated and messy as it can be so that some voters at least may think the pre Referendum Better Together Vow has been upheld.
Let’s ensure that most people see it for what it is, a poisoned chalice.
The Westminster parties are now only interested in one thing, maximising English votes in May 2015. Shafting us along the way is a sideshow. Cameron is not remotely interested in Scottish votes because he knows he cannot make any gains here and, in spite of Murphy, my bet is that Milliband is feeling the same.