He wants a Scottish parliament, moreover, on the rather Islingtonian grounds that "what we need in Britain ... is more diversity and experiment, not less". And so the people of Scotland are to to be used as constitutional guinea pigs simply because we are bored with the old order.
The point is not that English people are "whingeing", but that the business of arranging a new constitutional settlement for Scotland is so transparently a vexed and uncertain affair. With Scottish vital interests at stake, honest analysis will serve us all better than urging Scotland to take a great leap forward into the dark.
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