Tuesday, 27 December 2011
Alex Salmond is The Times' 2011 'Briton of the Year'
Congratulations are due to Alex Salmond not only for winning this rather inappropriately misnamed award (given to the leading opponent of Britishness)but also on his being a constitutional game changer.
As the Times' leader says:- "One incumbent politician managed to defy the odds, to win re-election despite everything, to win a majority when the election system was designed to prevent anyone winning a majority, to come from behind to destroy his opponents. That politician was Alex Salmond."
His achievement includes even kickstarting the adamantly anti-English British Coalition Government into considering the English Question even if they can't yet bring themselves even to mention the "E" word!
As the Press Association reported recently:-
"A commission to resolve the so-called West Lothian Question will start work in February, the Government has confirmed.
Cabinet Office minister Mark Harper said the commission would then report by the end of the next Parliamentary session, in the spring of 2013.
In response to a written question by Conservative Mark Lancaster, MP for Milton Keynes North, Mr Harper said work had been on-going since the Government's last announcement on the issue in September.
He told MPs: "We have been in consultation with House authorities on how the commission can best address the relevant issues on the business and procedures of this House.
"It is my intention for the commission to start work in February 2012 to report by the end of the next session, in spring 2013.
"I will make a further statement on the commission in the new year.""