So, on the subject of Scottish independence Will tells us that:
The only offer that can now persuade Scotland not to secede is to trump that half-cock quasi-federalism with a proper version. Westminster’s party leaders must offer to create a federal Britain and irrevocably commit to a constitutional convention to discuss its implementation if Scotland votes no.
This is not “devo max”, or further incremental powers to control social security or taxation. This has to be the real deal – a wholesale recasting of the British state so that Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and all Britain’s great cities and towns have the autonomy they need to create the societies and culture they want but within the protective umbrella of Great Britain. This really would be the best of both worlds, and not just for Scotland.
Lemme think about this. Those regions of England: they’d be those European Union ones would they? Each with its own little assembly? You know, like the NE was asked to vote upon and they said fuck off?
It’s wonderful how the same damn plans keep getting offered to us, isn’t it? Only the reasons proffered change.