Yesterday I blogged on new Lib Dems leader say that he opposed a Second Sotttish Independence referendum.
I genuinely think Scottish people from all sides of the question on independence will say 'this is not the time for constitutional questions, now is the time for helping people who are in distress, businesses that are in distress and people who are facing the loss of loved ones'.”
On the party's opposition to another independence referendum, he said: "The Liberal Democrats' policy on independence is set by the Scottish Liberal Democrats and always will be under my leadership.
"I know that they believe that Scotland is better in the family of nations."
At the same time in her responce to a Plaid Cymru-appointed group on Welsh independence has said two referendums should be held on the nation's future place in the United Kingdom. The Lib Dem "leader in Wales" Jane Dodd raised the hoary question of fedralism.
So four years after the First Scottish Independence referendum have the Lib Dems produced any major paper on a Federal UK or included it as a commitment in a manifesto . Googling it is problematic because when you search Federal and LibDems you get results for it as it being a Federal Party (in name at least.) but what Federalism as a proposal for UK goverment from this party is dificult to actually find.
I suspect someone commenting on this will claim refer me to some kind of policy document, but as a Unique Selling Point (USP) , it seems that Federalism particularly in an English context is some what subdued.
What do they mean by it a Federal union of Wales, Scotland Northern Ireland and England> or one of Wales , Scotland Northern Ireland and say eight English regions,
The first would be totally unacceptable to England if it meant that the rest were equal and the latter would reduce Celtic Nations, were merely UK regions.
I am not sure as we seem to be on a wave of support for Independence , that Plaid should be confusing the issue with multi choice questions.. Now is nor the time to take our eye off the prize..
Still it could lead to a debate and actuall proposals not vague lib Dem Federalism Quackery.