The East Lothian Answer # 2
November 8, 2007 by David Torrance
This week’s Spectator has an interesting editorial on Sir Malcolm Rifkind’s so-called East Lothian Answer to Tam Dalyell’s (or Enoch Powell’s) West Lothian Question. The Conservative-leaning ‘newspaper’ (as the Spectator likes to call itself) backs Rifkind’s proposal as the only way post-devolution to save the Union.
I was interested to see David Cameron flagging up ‘English votes for English laws’ in his contribution to the debate on the Loyal Address this week. Given that he reportedly favours Rifkind’s scheme, the tone and language jarred ever so slightly. All will be revealed when Ken Clarke’s Democracy Taskforce reports by the end of this year.