David Cameron is to press ahead with plans to give the Scottish parliament greater tax-raising and law-making powers after he held "positive and constructive" talks with the first minister, Alex Salmond, in Edinburgh yesterday.And now this:
The prime minister said that his government wanted a "fresh start" with Salmond's Scottish nationalist government in an attempt to rebuild trust in the Conservatives in Scotland and restore good relations between the Westminster and Holyrood parliaments.
He wanted to pursue a "respect agenda" with all the devolved administrations in Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast. That would mean Scottish ministers should appear before Commons committees, and he promised to address the parliament in Edinburgh every year, if invited.
DAVID CAMERON today makes his first visit to Wales as Prime Minister with a promise of “collaboration not confrontation” in his dealings with the Assembly Government.Although, I'd guess even more confusing for Messrs Salmond and Jones. The "English Tories" talking of respect and cooperation was not what the respective electorates were threatened with in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The Conservative leader is expected to visit the National Assembly where he will hold his first face-to-face meeting with First Minister Carwyn Jones since forming a coalition government with the Liberal Democrats last week.
And in an article written exclusively for the Western Mail, Mr Cameron has sought to send out a message of conciliation to the Welsh Labour leader and his government with talk of “grown-up attitudes of co-operation and compromise”.
First round of the propaganda war to Cameron.