OPPOSITION PARTIES IN DISARRAY AS SNP LEAD THE CONSTITUTIONAL DEBATE
The SNP have demanded clarity from the Labour Party about their position on full fiscal autonomy, following an online comment by Labour peer Lord Foulkes who has revealed he is favour of ‘devo-max’.
George Foulkes, the Baron of Cumnock and Labour Party heavyweight, posted on his Twitter account:
“Labour should now support full fiscal responsibility for Scotland and campaign for this within the UK. An ostrich cannot see the way forward.”
This follows similar comments from former First Minister Henry McLeish, and current MSP Malcolm Chisholm – while leadership hopeful Tom Harris has attacked the idea.
Linda Fabiani, Convener of the Scotland Bill Committee and MSP for East Kilbride, said:
“Labour are a complete and utter shambles, and split from top to bottom on the issue of Scotland’s future. With Lord Foulkes joining former First Minister Henry McLeish and current MSP Malcolm Chisholm in calling for Labour to campaign for ‘devo-max’ in the referendum, it is high time they explained what their position actually is, or might be.
“And the Lib Dems are even worse. Devo-max is supposed to be existing Lib Dem policy – but they don’t seem to want to campaign for their own policy, which renders them ridiculous.
“Labour and the Lib Dems need to understand that the only alternative to campaigning for ‘devo-max’ is for them to stand with the Tories in opposing any more powers for Scotland – a totally disastrous position to adopt in Scottish politics.
“As this debate proceeds, it is becoming ever clearer that Labour and the Lib Dems prefer Tory rule of Scotland from Westminster to the Scottish people governing themselves – no wonder they are running round like headless chickens.”