FFS…. FFA, Devo Max, Indie Lite
All names which depict a policy which nobody can agree on!
What Is Full Fiscal Sovereignty or Full Fiscal Autonomy? What Is Devo Max? What Is Independence Lite?
Nobody seems to know.
Parties and people talk about this option of many names, but nobody who proposes to support it,can agree what it exactly is?
The SNP Government have said that they are prepared to allow a question on it to be included in the referendum, but they also point out that it will be up to others to frame what it exactly means. The SNP will not support it, they want Independence.
In the various recent opinion polls the vast majority of Scots want it!
But what is that they want?
How can you want something and not know what it is that you want?
Yet allegedly 70% of Scots are all for it!
By all intents and purposes it seems that Scots want more power to run their own affairs, without taking the final step to complete Independence, yet!
By the latest polling figures, approximately 40% of these Scots support Independence but will accept FFA as the barest minimum.
But What is it?
In a sense it is closest to the old idea of Home Rule, where Scots made most of the everyday decisions of our day to day living in a federalist government, with the major decisions over foreign policy,the economy and defence under the control of a UK Westminster parliament.
The founding father of the Scottish Labour party, Keir Hardie had in his very first manifesto in 1888, Home Rule for Scotland.
But today’s current Labour lot don’t want to know anything about such a policy now, having sold all the rest of their original principals for ermine robes of the British State.
The Liberals were once the party of Home Rule, yet they have set up a commission to examine what Home rule is!
The Liberals have been banging on about Home Rule FFS since 1886.
It was set up to counter Irish Nationalism.
The Third Liberal Home Rule Bill of 1910 comprised the following:
An Irish Parliament to deal with most purely Irish affairs, which included:
40 member Senate
164 member House of Commons
A reduction of the number of Irish MPs in Westminster from 103 to 42.
But the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland would remain( The Irish equivalent of the Secretary of State for Scotland)
For the Ulster Unionists the bill was outrageous and could not be allowed to pass. The leader of the British Conservative Party, Andrew Bonar Law, even suggested that “there were no lengths” that Ulster could go in resisting Home Rule that he would not support – the leader of a opposition calling for violence to defeat an Act of Parliament.
The Unionists took up the call, first signing the Ulster Covenant, then forming the Ulster Volunteer Force. After the Irish responded by forming the Irish Volunteers the path was set towards civil war.
We have seen how all that worked out!!!
Do we in Scotland really want more of the same?
Independence is what we need , not Home rule FFS !!!!!