SMITH COMMISSION VETO

CARMICHAEL GIVES GAME AWAY ON SMITH COMMISSION VETO

SECRETARY OF STATE SUGGESTS SCOTLAND CAN’T BE TRUSTED WITH MORE POWERS

Commenting on Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael’s admission, in evidence today to Westminster’s Scottish Affairs Committee, that the UK Government has inserted blocking clauses into its proposals for more devolution, Linda Fabiani MSP said:

“Alistair Carmichael has given the game away, by suggesting that Scotland can’t be trusted with new powers, which shows just how out of touch Westminster is with the public mood north of the border.

“Mr Carmichael has effectively admitted that Westminster is deliberately blocking the Scottish Government from being free to do as it wishes when it comes to issues like scrapping the Bedroom Tax.

“That is not true devolution and – whatever the protests about it not being a veto – it does not live up to the spirit of the Smith Commission’s report.”

Ms Fabiani added:

“Even the limited powers recommended by the Smith Commission do not live up to the pre-referendum rhetoric of the ‘Vow’ from the Unionist parties.

“And now we’re being told by Labour’s anti-devolution partners that we shouldn’t even have the Smith proposals without Westminster strings attached.

“That is exactly the kind of arrogant, out of touch approach that is doing such damage to all of the Westminster parties and which they face paying a very heavy price for in May.”