It was not unexpected that both the Tory and the SNP amendments to the Scotland Act - currently under discussion in Westminster - proposing full fiscal autonomy failed. Neither was it wholly unexpected that the BBC and most other media outlets completely failed to report on this.
What should not have gone unnoticed however was the total trashing of that infamous VOW. Take a look at the first five words:
Yes, that's right - “The Scottish Parliament is permanent”.
This was NOT included in the Scotland Act, so the SNP - supported by Labour - included this amendement:
Amendment 58, proposed by the SNP and backed by Labour, was actually a modest concession. It provided a way by which Westminster COULD abolish the Scottish Parliament, with its permission and subject to a referendum of the Scottish people.
The amendment contained no tricks or traps. Nothing was tacked onto it to which the UK government could object. It did only what it claimed to do.
It would have cost the Conservatives nothing to allow the amendment to pass. It commits them only to do what they said they would do, and in any event was a mere symbolic courtesy – in reality no government can bind the hands of its successor.
But the government voted it down anyway, pointlessly trashing the promise that David Cameron had signed his name to before the referendum.