Week 38: Villain – David Cameron

by George_East on September 22, 2014

Tory_VillainThis Week’s Villain of the Week is Prime Minister David Cameron for making the Scottish independence vote all about the Tory Party’s self-interest

In the midst of a panic in the run up to the independence referendum vote and having been given a lifeline by the intervention of Gordon Brown, the three party leaders offered Scotland a solemn vow, that they would, if the voters rejected independence, move immediately to offer Scotland significantly more powers to govern itself. This was, in effect, the Devo-Max option that David Cameron had refused to include on the ballot paper as a compromise option.

The vow, printed in the Daily Record, guaranteed the continuation of the Barnett formula and ‘extensive’ new powers for Scotland. It made no mention of England or that resolving the conundrum of the position of Scottish MPs was a condition of those powers being given to Scotland. Yet, the very morning of the result, Prime Minister, David Cameron had linked the two things together and Michael Gove (Cameron’s Rottweiler) had announced that more Scottish powers without ‘English Votes for English Laws’ would be ‘impossible’.

What had been a desperate move to keep Scotland in the union had become overnight about England. And not just about England but about the Tory Party advancing its own interests.   Scotland was all but forgotten while they were still sweeping the floors in the counting rooms.

Now the fact that the Tories would seek to use this to their political advantage and to stuff Labour was predictable (and Labour’s failure to spot it coming was moronic in the extreme), but even so the brazen fashion in which it was done was breathtaking.   As Alex Salmond observed on Sunday, that the Westminster parties were reneging on their promise was no surprise, but the speed that they did so, really was astonishing.

Behind this move was, of course, the Prime Minister himself. As ever utterly incapable of being a statesman. As ever all tactics and no strategy.   The Tories were even openly spinning that they had caught Labour on the hop with the move. Not only was the vow now not worth the paper it was written on for those Scottish voters who had bought its contents, but it had been revealed as a cunning wheeze to outfox a clueless opposition.

Grubby work by the shallowest and most trivial Prime Minister in over a hundred years.

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