Yesterday we had the second reading of the Scotland Bill. The Government has got into difficulties with the timetabling of business and to criticism from all parts of the House, only gave one day to the debate. The Bill has implications for the whole of the UK – not just Scotland and there were 36 members hoping to speak. I got to speak at 10.40pm and finally got to bed about 2am. This is just not sensible and an indication of serious timetabling problems for the Government.
The Bill itself is generally desirable in my view. It refines the devolution process. But we really do have to stand up for the concept of the United kingdom and beware of the SNP campaign to break it up. I point out in the debate that when existing political unions break up they often splinter rather than make a clean break.
I also think the UK is the world’s most successful political and economic union – beware the siren voices who try and kid you that it doesn’t matter! Read the debate here: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld201011/ldhansrd/text/110906-0003.htm (Roughly 10.40 pm for my contribution.)