“Lord Owen sets out the building blocks for a progressive alliance of firstly the NHS Bill and a cross party Constitutional Convention for a federal structure for the UK”
“The question – and it is a very real one – is can the SNP and the Labour Party in Scotland do anything other than fight each other for the next five years? On this it has been encouraging that the London based UK leadership of Jeremy Corbyn has appointed Jon Trickett an influential Shadow Cabinet member with an additional task of embracing a cross-party Constitutional Convention. The prospect of developing some mutual respect in Scotland hinges on progress over creating a Convention in one form or another.
“[Nicola Sturgeon’s] own nationalism and how she conducts herself is critical as to where the UK will end up. A UK becoming more united or a UK heading for separation.
“Pacts or deals do not involve merging of parties or the loss of their identity, but they can be the means to legislate for a constitutional accord. Such an accord might be one where the parties that want to separate agree to stay in the UK, to participate in a federal union and have proportional representation across the UK. … This is radical politics such as we have not seen for many years, but it is cross party, not one party. Inclusive, not exclusive.
“This is not hard left. Nor Trotskyist but socially responsible and capable of uniting the UK.”
Read the full text here: ReferendaCrossPartyConvention