An Attack of Nerves on the Home Straight
EVEN in the final straight of the referendum campaign the Yes-Yes movement appears unable to provide a robust and convincing case for the establishment of a parliament with tax-raising powers.
Despite the assurances from the Prime Minister that his Government does not intend to allow tax increases, in accordance with their general election pledge, it is clear that confusion within the Yes-Yes camp, particularly over how and when tax-varying powers would be used, is as marked as ever.
This blurring of the debate, compounded by Gordon Brown yesterday when he failed to clarify when a tartan tax would be enforced, is hardly likely to impress the voters, who have profound and growing worries over the wisdom of such a tax.
The attitude of Tony Blair, who was also campaigning in Scotland yesterday, also spoke volumes. There was little evidence of the passion we have come to expect from this most charismatic and articulate of politicians.
Could it be that the Prime Minister believes that, on the second question at least, he could well be defeated? …