“One senior Liberal told The Herald: "My heart sinks. How could they do this? The whole point of our view is fiscal autonomy. How can we have any faith in the rest of this exercise? Ruling this out runs against everything I believe in."”
How could they do this? Simple. They took on board what you believe in and decided that, on balance, it is a stupid idea with the potential to damage Scotland’s place in the Union.
Tavish Scott, the party’s leader in Scotland, also issued a statement calling for ‘a real home rule settlement’.
The commission’s role is to deliver effective devolution to Scotland within the Union. It has a duty to consider detrimental effects which suggested changes might have upon the United Kingdom as a whole. With its cosy relationship with the SNP and its insistence on bolstering home rule, the Liberal Democrat party’s submissions clearly did not pass muster.