A Conservative MP who will sit on the Scottish Affairs Committee has threatened to block moves that would see extra powers devolved to Scotland.
Christopher Chope who is one of four Tory MPs on the Committee, told the BBC that the so-called Vow signed by David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg before last year’s referendum was worthless and carried no weight in the House of Commons.
On March 11th 2014, just six months before the independence referendum, three men appeared before Holyrood’s Culture Committee. The three were head of BBC Scotland - Ken MacQuarrie, his head of news and current affairs - John Boothman and the head of BBC Scotland’s Referendum Unit - John Mullin.
The need for the devolution of powers to create more and better jobs and to make Scottish society fairer has been highlighted again today – as a new report highlights the struggles of vulnerable and working poor people to make ends meet as austerity continues to hit.
Speaking during a key debate on the Scotland Bill, David Mundell [Scotland's only Tory MP] said it was a "myth" that Gordon Brown had pledged Scotland would get Home Rule or Federalism in the event of a No vote. The statement by Mundell is easy to shoot down given that there are several quotes and interviews by Brown in which the former PM explicitly pledged both.
The following article was originally intended to be a chapter in my book - London Calling: How the BBC stole the Referendum. It was eventually removed as part of a sub-edit which saw the book trimmed by 40,000 words.
The chapter dealt with the first few months of 2010, which was the year of the UK general election. It followed a near two year campaign of attacks on the SNP administration after the controversial compassionate release of Al Megrahi [Chapter 3 in the book].