The West Lothian question

Lord Norton

The ‘West Lothian question’ is a term coined by Enoch Powell after the then constituency of Tam Dalyell, who raised the issue.  However, the issue of what to do with representatives from a part of the kingdom which is given home rule was raised in the 19th Century during debates on Irish home rule.  It was…

I vow to thee my country

Baroness Deech

Vows are much in the news these days. All three party leaders have “vowed” to give Scotland more powers and to do so very quickly. Moreover Gordon Brown has vowed to ensure that this happens (surely he has no relevant status to achieve this?) The word “vow” comes from the Latin votum, which by an…

Terrible idea halted just in time!

Lord Holmes

Earlier this month South West Trains told passenger groups it was suspending the audio announcements of train information at Waterloo Station for a two-week trial. This was a particularly strange decision given that just two years ago they had spent almost £3million on a new 90-decibel system, comprising 1,000 speakers, which it said would deliver…

Who and What is Rojava?

Lord Hylton

Everyone by how has heard of the horrors of the Syrian civil war.  We all know about chemical weapons and barrel bombs dropped from helicopters.  We all grieve for the refugees driven into Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.  The deaths and injuries from the fighting and repression are probably on the same scale as those of…

Ten Reasons: No Thanks

Lord McConnell

Today we decide. It is a momentous day, and whatever we think of the campaigns, or the importance of the question, we will choose Scotland’s constitutional future in these next few hours.   Inspired by a good friend who wrote quite a good list of his 10 top reasons for voting Yes, I thought the…

I always thought we liked each other…

Baroness Murphy

We can all understand the emotional pull for an independent Scotland, even if the nation’s ‘branding’ was largely created in the nineteenth century. It’s more difficult to understand the logical intellectual reasons; the drive to independence seems more based on not being British ie not governed from Westminster, dominated by a London-centric economy  and  the…

Constitutional implications of a ‘yes’ vote

Lord Norton

I get queries about what the constitutional implications are in the event of a ‘yes’ vote in the referendum in Scotland.  What will happen to MPs sitting for Scottish seats?  What are the implications for peers from Scotland?  People appear to think there are definitive answers.  My answer is to read the report of the Constitution Committee…

Referendum in Scotland

Baroness Quin

Living in Northumberland not far from Scotland I am more and more concerned about the consequences of an independent Scotland and know too that fears and concerns are shared by many people on both sides of the border. The big worries have already featured in the debates.  Will there be a different currency North of…