Nick Clegg is suggesting the Westminster parties should have a devolution plan ready in the event Scotland says no to independence.
Doing so may well help their yes campaign but voters should beware. In the event of a no vote we should thoroughly expect Westminster politicians to ‘interpret’ a no vote as a rejection of increased devolution too.
That’s exactly what they did with AV – after the no vote – which was down more, IMO, to AV being the system the people didn’t want – Conservative and Labour politicians seized on it as confirmation that electoral reform wasn’t wanted at all.
Far from it, we still need electoral reform but we also need a say on the system we should use.
They’ll do the same with Scotland. In the event of a no they’ll kick devolution (or “devo-max”) into the long grass and use the no vote as justification.
Want independence OR more devolution for Scotland? Vote YES.