Why Ed Miliband is right not to back Cameron’s plan – Notes from a Broken Society

Needless to say, some commenters have been trying to use the Scottish referendum to load us up with ‘Labour shafted us/is shafting us’ propaganda. Here’s an article by Neil Schofield of Notes from a Broken Society, pushing an alternative (healthier) view:

Following the rejection of Scottish independence in yesterday’s referendum, David Cameron immediately announced his decision to set up a review to ensure that Scottish MPs could not vote on English affairs – presenting this as a constitutional change that would result in a “fair and balanced” settlement – and expressed a hope that this would proceed on a cross-party basis.  This afternoon, Ed Miliband said that Labour would not participate in this process.  This is already being spun as Labour reneging on the promise 0f greater powers offered towards the end of the referendum campaign.

It isn’t.  It is becoming increasingly clear that Cameron had no intention of honouring the commitment – he is being widely quoted as describing the commitment as a “meaningless process”.  And of course that is true – a genuine constitutional settlement will take far longer than the eight remaining months of the current Parliament to deliver.  Cameron cannot deliver this commitment, and all that a cross-party process would do would be to take the issue out of the political debate until after the election.

But this is a party issue.  On the one hand, Cameron is leading a party whose backbenchers are making it clear that they have no intention of allowing him to deliver further powers to Scotland, and the “English votes on English issues” line is just a warmed-over piece of long-dead policy, rejected because it was unworkable.  It appeals to those parts of his Party’s core support who favour UKIP, but otherwise is pretty meaningless.  On the other hand, Ed Miliband has already announced an ambitious plan to devolve real powers – including financial powers – to local authorities.  It’s a bold and ambitious policy, and it is absolutely right that Labour should stick to it as the basis for reforming the way in which we govern ourselves.  And the right place to decide between the two is in a General Election.

The Tory proposal is a fudge, and an evasion – designed to ensure that power remains exactly where it is now.  By refusing to play along with it, it is Ed Miliband, not David Cameron, who is honouring the undertakings given to Scots about the future.

Deal with it, people. Anti-Labour bluster will only put Cameron back into Downing Street – with an actual majority – next May.

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5 thoughts on “Why Ed Miliband is right not to back Cameron’s plan – Notes from a Broken Society

  1. Adam

    Its the death of democracy done right it could be a a good thing for people around the country to have a say and not the idiots who know nothing of what happens in the constituencies

  2. gavinpollock

    I’m not a fan of the current Labour party, but they’re right on this. Cameron should realise constitutional change is not just a chance to give effing Labour a good kicking. Banning Scots MPs from voting on “English” matters is the same sort of constitutional fudge that led to the West Lothian question in the first place.
    Furthermore, it’s just complete b****cks anyway, as English MPs aren’t banned from voting on Scottish matters. Some powers are devolved to Holyrood, but Westminster retains sovereignty and the right to overrule the Scots parliament. Previously, there was a convention that English MPs didn’t vote on Scots matters, but it was broken by Thatcher to get the Poll Tax in.
    So unless Cameron is going to properly write up a constitution, Scots MPs will be denied any power in Westminster, whilst English MPs retain the power to overrule Scottish law.

  3. casalealex

    23rd October 2013 – 12.31pm PMQs –

    “Lynton Crosby’s responsibility is to destroy the Labour party.” Cameron thunders.

    Lynton Crosby, who has declared that his role is to destroy the Labour Party, rather than promote the Conservatives, based on any notion of merit, is all about such a targeted “divide and rule” strategy. This is a right wing tactic of cultivating and manipulating apostasy amongst support for the opposition. It’s a very evident ploy in the media, too, with articles about Labour screaming headlines that don’t match content, and the Sun and Telegraph blatantly lying about Labour’s policy intentions regularly. Propaganda isn’t obvious, and that’s how it works. We need to be mindful of this.

  4. wildswimmerpete

    “Lynton Crosby’s responsibility is to destroy the Labour party.” Cameron thunders.

    Doesn’t that mean “whimper”? Camoron, like his idiot Chancellor, can’t string together a meaningful sentence. All of Camoron’s utterances are the product of Lynton Crosby and his lieutenants.

    As I’ve said before, the first task an incoming Labour administration must do is to deport Crosby as an undesirable alien, to the Ozzie stone from under which he crawled.

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