Martin Burns at EasyWeb Design wrote:
> Yesterday English Tory MPs put down over 200 proposed amendments to the
> six clause referendum bill.
Subtle. Do you think they might be a bit peeved?
Was this a rogue act or was it done with the full knowledge and
support of the Conservative Party leadership?
> Amongst the proposals are requirements that the
> can only take place on St Andrew's Day (a Sunday), can only take place in
> daylight hours (in November..?) and would be eligible to all those BORN in
> Scotland (whether or not they would be affected by the result).
I don't suppose they offered a mechanism for collecting votes from
abroad? Or would you have to nip over to Scotland to cast your vote?
On a more serious note, it might actually be an advantage to the
cause to exclude from the referendum those born outside Scotland. Is
there any indication that foreign-born citizens of Scotland are less
likely to support either devolution or independence?
> In response, the Secretary of State for Scotland, Donald Dewar, has
> the amount of time available for debate of the bill, and has said that the
> Commons will sit all night if necessary to ensure the bill's passage this
Surely with the large Labour majority, these amendments can be