Today we debate the Scotland Bill. Both Labour and Conservative front benches support the Union and believe granting more powers of self government to Scotland and its Parliament is the way to preserve the Union. The SNP see the opportunity to demand more powers for the time being, whilst seeking to use the devolved Parliament as a platform and stepping stone for full independence.
The SNP sees it as heads they win, tails the Union loses. If they gain the extra powers and use them sensibly, they may be able to persuade enough people in Scotland that self government works well. If sufficient powers are refused, they have an injustice to carry into a referendum on independence.
All main political parties agree that any decision on Scottish independence should be settled by votes of people in Scotland alone. I would be interested in hearing from readers
1. Should the people of the rest of the UK have any say in the independence of Scotland?
2. Should there be any financial consequences from Scotland gaining more independence to make her own decisions within the Union settlement?
3. Should Scotland have more powers to raise her own taxation?
4. Do you support the Union or do you think it is time for break-up as the SNP suggest?