The Vow - Broken

We like to think that devolution has allowed Scotland to carve its own path alongside that of Westminster.  We like to think that there is a mutual respect between our nations.  We like to create all kinds of compromises regarding devolution in order to ensure its survival.  For example, the Sewel Convention says that the UK Government cannot legislate without the consent of the Scottish Parliament on devolved matters – yet this week it happened before our eyes.  The reality of what it means to be ruled by Westminster is set out clearly in Section 28, subsection 7 of the Scotland Act which states: “(7) This section does not affect the power of the Parliament of the United Kingdom to make laws for Scotland.”