The First Minister’s demands to ‘ratify’ the deal are a sally onto Westminster’s constitutional turf that he would never tolerate if reversed.
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When the SNP had a majority they could push through bad laws like this – but now, as a minority administration, they must learn to listen.
Also: Villiers dismisses Sinn Fein call for border poll; Labour and Plaid strike deal to re-select Jones as First Minister; ex-SNP minister claims Lockerbie bomber release was bid for powers; and more.
Our strategy was crucial to success. But last Thursday was just the beginning.
The Scottish Conservative leader congratulates Sturgeon but points to the SNP’s loss of a Holyrood majority.
For the first time, Sturgeon needs to reach out to others
The new law fits into a pattern of behaviour which sets the Scottish Nationalists apart as one of the most centralising, even authoritarian, major forces in British politics.
Also: Brexit battle spreads to Ulster; UKIP hold out hope of Scottish Parliament success; Jones challenges Crabb on the Wales Bill; and more.
Ruth Davidson: There are now only two parties in Scotland which really count: the SNP and the Conservatives
Last week’s financial agreement shows Scottish politics now has precious little to do with Labour at all.
May will see a generational change in our Holyrood group, and an influx of new MSPs with serious expertise.
The nationalists may pose as the opposition, but in reality they are the establishment. They must answer to their failings.
Also: Osborne attacked by Welsh Labour; Cameron rules out SNP EU demands; Villiers faces calls to quit if she backs Brexit; and more.
Neither Labour nor the nationalists have demonstrated the attitude required to get the most from decentralised government. Conservatives could do better.
Also: Welsh Conservatives seek power to bring standing back to sports grounds; SNP MPs under pressure over business and property dealings; DUP and Sinn Fein signal closer cooperation; and more.
Ruth Davidson: No to separation, yes to a united future – this is what the Scottish Conservatives stand for
People are looking for a Scottish alternative – a Holyrood parliament with real powers, but one that is rooted within the United Kingdom.