According to Jack McConnell, head McHoncho in Scotland, at the entrance to the Donald Dewar Room in the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood, the following statement is engraved in the stone floor: ‘People in Scotland want a degree of government for themselves. It is not beyond the wit of man to devise institutions to meet these demands.’
Words apparently uttered over 30 years ago by Scottish patriot, academic, writer and Labour MP for Berwick & East Lothian, John P Mackintosh.
I wonder what the late MP would think of the present English conundrum and the apparently insurmountable constitutional balls up south of the border. In spite of lots and lots of nose picking, arse scratching and paper aircraft making from establishment boffins, the solution to our democratic deficit really is beyond the wit of man, woman – and Lord Falconer…..
What we need is a fresh look from a blue skies thinker….. I wonder if ‘Deep Thought’ has solved the answer to life, the Universe and everything yet? Failing that, has anyone got the back of a fag packet to scribble on?