If “Scottish” Labour was serious about meaningful additional powers for the Scottish Parliament then they have had ample opportunity in recent years to both formulate a policy and implement the measures. They did neither. Instead, they colluded with their Tory allies in the rigged Calman fiasco. And then did everything they could to elide or dilute such measures as did find their way into the legislation.
The Tory/Labour/LibDem coalition has now accepted that independence is a viable option. Therefore, any commission examining constitutional issues whose terms of reference exclude the independence option is, by definition, rigged. And if it’s rigged it’s “findings” have no credibility.
But even disregarding this fatal flaw, Lamont’s “devolution commission” is utterly pointless anyway. Even if it reports before the referendum it’s findings cannot form the basis of an option and additional question on the ballot. So we will be asked to take it on trust that whatever powers have been identified will be delivered if only we vote NO. But if we vote NO then there is absolutely no reason why the UK government would deliver. The Bitter Together mob campaigns on the basis of a NO vote being a vote for the status quo.
And why would a Tory government at Westminster – or, for that matter, a post-2015 Labour government – feel bound by promises made by “Scottish” Labour? Lamont could promise absolutely anything on the back of her wee commission’s report, but she would have absolutely no way of delivering.
The commission is being set up for one reason only. It is to allow Lamont and her cronies to TALK about “more powers” during the referendum campaign even though the talk means less than nothing in practical terms. In reality, their commission has nothing whatever to do with the referendum at all. It is a ruse. A con. A device by which they hope to avoid having to admit that what they are offering the people of Scotland is a big fat nothing.
Lamont and her band of buffoons can, of course, be confident of the enthusiastic support of the media in perpetrating their deception. But I seriously doubt if even the combined efforts of all the British state’s best liars and propagandists will be able to keep the pretence intact for two whole years.