We got a referendum on changing the voting system in this Parliament. That would have seemed unthinkable a decade earlier. It was flawed, it was rejected, but it happened. * We have a Coalition government. That would also have been unthinkable a decade earlier. It is also flawed, and likely to be rejected next year. The times are a' changing. The 'main' parties are winning fewer votes than ever, and the pressure for electoral reform at Westminster is only going to go in one direction, particularly if UKIP do well in terms of votes next year but win few seats and put Labour in power on a minority vote. The system has to change, it will change. I think that change will happen whatever Scotland decides, so I don't see breaking up the UK as worthwhile collateral damage.
* It's also worth remembering that the current leader of the Labour Party supported changing the voting system in that referendum.
We've seen firm promises from the party leaders about the extra powers for Scotland, then their MPs go on Twitter playing pantomime roles of "oh, no we won't". We have the three main parties who make policy via focus groups made up from within the confines of the nicer parts of Greater London. We have a Tory party lurching to the right to combat UKIP rather than treating them like the Scottish Tories do and laugh at them for being so ridiculous. We have a Labour Party who have a promise to out-Tory the Tories on cutting benefits, not benefits fraud mind you, benefits. We have a Lib Dem party that creates wonderful manifestos then abandons them with the first sniff at a ministerial pay packet. We have Labour MPs in the north who couldn't care less about their constituencies because they think they have a job for life, at least the Tory constituencies can occasionally turf out those who really take the proverbial (e.g. that nice Mr Tim Yeo in my constituency). I could go on...
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