By coincidence not a day ago my most troublemaking friend Hoz, yes you are but we love you anyway, Hoz was posting about the British constitution.
We were commenting on Face(security monitoring tool)Book about how we don’t have a written constitution and that what we do have is fairly subjective and changeable.
Well it seems that those damn Scots are about to get it rewritten for us. Centuries of causing trouble and now they are perhaps going to actually overthrow the kingdom itself. Bloody Scots!
What am I going on about, have I had enough coffee today? Well no but thats not the problem here.
For months now we have been watching the byplay between the YES and NO camps in the ongoing battle for Scottish hearts and minds. We have been watching reports, hearing speeches and looking at graphs that show the Yes camp gaining support steadily and the No camp falling from its early heights to barely level now.
Over the last few days as surveys have been publish putting the Yes team in the lead there has been a sudden rush of talking heads and politicians bouncing up to add their voices. Suddenly this has gone from something for the Scots to sort our to a full blown British emergency.
Dave and Ed are both cancelling the weekly shouting and lying meeting, commonly called Prime Ministers Questions, and rushing north to try and save the day.
Someone went to the box that held Gordon and used the hammer that should only be used if there is absolutely positively no possibility of any other option and broke the glass. Brown was released and pointed north.
Gordon has been making plans and chatting with a few people and he has come up with the solution to the problem, apparently this was exactly what Dave and Ed were thinking about since both the main parties have swung behind Gordon and are fully supporting him.
Which is a bit of a problem since what is being proposed here is a tiny bit more than just a vote for Scotland.
Now the pound is falling, markets are wavering, business leaders are panicking, EU leaders are taking a hard look at their own separatist regions and siding with GB PLC. So after having stood back and done nothing for so long we now have what seems to be a knee jerk response.
Anyway our ex PM and Chancellor and everyone’s most hated Scotsman Gordon is making a whole load of promises to Scotland, stay in the union and you will get a whole slew of new powers, your Parliament will be all but autonomous, taxs, laws, you name it the Scottish parliament will be getting it. Apart from the ability to change the top rate of tax apparently.
What our man Gordon said and what is being fully supported by both the Tories and Labour is this:
"the status quo is no longer an option", he said that "the choice is now between irreversible separation, or voting for a stronger Scottish parliament. We are talking about a big change in the constitution. It's like home rule in the UK. We would be moving quite close to something near to federalism in a country where 85% of the population is from one nation. Change is in the air and change is coming."
Erm right. Big changes in the constitution. Moving close to federalism.
I may have missed something here, I keep an eye on the news but perhaps it happened while I was trying to sleep one night. Did we have some sort of vote or debate over this? Was it discussed in parliament before one of those almost empty rooms? Was this anyone’s policy at the last election, has any party put it forward as something that people can vote on at the next election?
Did I miss this, when did it happen. When was this talked about, which News channels covered it?
Funny thing, I have this idea that this is the first that it has ever been mentioned. Can we look forward to Wales and Northern Ireland being granted the same powers. What is the time table for the UK becoming the United Federation of Great Britain, or are we going to just drop the whole United bit and just go for The Federation of Britain.
After all we now have our federal police force.
Hey I don’t mind the kingdom bit going, 21st century and all that, but I would like it happening as part of a carefully planned democratic process, not a suddenly declared plot by a handful of politicians. Because frankly I would not trust Dave or Ed or Gordon to plan a teddy bears picnic, allowing them to create a new federal structure for GB PLC is far too big a risk. You just know that everything will be set up to suit them, their greed for money and power, their political and pro EU agendas, the actual population will be a very distant consideration if they are even thought about.
Well would you trust any of them with your future, given the mess they have made of the present? Update. When talking about the fact that he, Cameron and Miliband were visiting Scotland Clegg, the deputy prime minister, said:
"the overall long-term aim was to form a radically decentralised British state".
Well, well, well. Nice of him to admit it. Normally when I am thinking things are going to happen the politicians are blatantly denying it.