On Tue, 7 Apr 1998, Paul Wagner wrote:
> > Can anyone tell me what Mr. Tranter meant by "the fiasco of the
> > recent referendum"? What is his position regarding devolution and
> > Scottish independence?
> >From his novels, I would think he'd be a great believer in Scottish
As far as I have ever been able to tell, he is indeed a nationalist. I
imagine that the "fiasco" he is referring to is the fact that the
referrendum had to be held at all after Labour won on a platform which
clearly promised devolution. The referrendum was therefore seen by some
as a delaying tactic, and by others as an attempt by London to backtrack
on its commitments. The votes of the Scottish people put those ideas to
rest, whether they were there behind the referrendum campaign or not.
Still, to nationalists and hardened home-rule campaigners, it seems that
the Bill before Wesminster offers daily less and less than the white
paper proposed, so that devolution itself could prove to be something of
a fiasco in the long run. Still, it seems that in the last couple of
days Labour has backtracked on the idea of reducing the number of MSP's
in the parliament at the next boundry commission sitting - it now looks
as if we'll keep the full 129, though exactly how it will be engineered
is still in doubt.