"Dr. James Wilkie, Isle of Barra 27/06/2009 10:07:14 Yes, Labour and Conservatives are all admitting now that devolution has been a great success, but none of them is prepared to come into the open and admit that it was finally introduced only after threats of international sanctions against the UK. The vile methods used by Labour in particular in their unsuccessful attempts to kill the devolution project are a stain on British politics. I would suggest celebrating the tenth anniversary of the Scottish Parliament by opening all the relevant records of the Cabinet Office and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. However, since that would effectively indict those responsible I am not waiting in anticipation."
Now this is on the list to be myth-busted, but that will have to be later.
For the moment, let's just contemplate the sheer bonkerosity of it.
So, supposedly devolution was "forced" on the UK by "threats of international sanctions" - from the Council of Europe, so the claim goes.
So this must be known about by hundreds of politicians and diplomats across Europe. Yet not one of them has ever blabbed to a journalist. The only people who know the "truth" are our friend "Dr Wilkie" and his pals in the "Scotland-UN Committee". Curious, isn't it?
Then there are "the vile methods used by Labour in particular in their unsuccessful attempts to kill the devolution project".
Well stone me. I thought I had this recollection of Smith, Dewar and Brown being keen devolutionists, Labour being active in the Constitutional Convention, making a manifesto commitment, bringing forward a bill, holding a referendum and all the rest of it.
Turns out I was mistaken - the whole thing was an illusion.
There are some odd people in the world, aren't they?
(Mind you, this is because some of them are really disguised, alien shapeshifting lizards.)