Tuesday, 17 November 2009

As near as dammit!

These are the words used by Westminster Civil Servants to describe what will be in the Queens Speech for extensive new powers for Scotland tomorrow:
The Times has learnt that in the speech drafted by ministers there will be a key reference to “taking forward legislation” on the Calman Commission’s proposals to give the Scottish Parliament more tax-raising and other powers.

This will be followed within the next two to three weeks by a White Paper that will outline exactly which parts of the Calman report Gordon Brown’s Government has decided to implement. A senior Whitehall source said yesterday: “While it might not be every dot and comma of Calman, it will be as near as dammit.”

Also being published tomorrow is Sir Emyr's report, and whilst we all expect some surprises, I wonder if Hain and the government will be as keen to implement his recommendations as Westminster are to implement Sir Kenneth Calman's recommendations?

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

I wonder why some London politicians believe the Scots are capable of making their own laws and raising their taxes, whereas the Welsh can't be trusted to do the same.

Penddu said...

Because Wales is really part of England, doncha know....

Anonymous said...

'Cos the Welsh are idiots.

Anonymous said...

'Cos the Welsh are idiots.

Nice to have a rational well thought out contribution...ejiit!

Anonymous said...

'cos the Welsh are idiots who vote Labour.

Vote Labour = vote to be invisible and ignored