Fraser Nelson

Spot the Scot

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Brown has a PMQs headline for us: let Cameron do the PR, he’ll be the PM. Well, his performance was better than last week. But what struck me was the Tory’s “behold the Jock” strategy. One Tory backbencher demanded English votes for English laws. Another asked “The Prime Minister claims to treat people equally, so why do nurses in his constituency earn more?” The new Shadow Scotland minister Ben Wallace (good man, keep your eye on him) raised the West Lothian Question. Even the LibDems joined in, comparing Kirkcaldy’s maternity wards favourably to those of Chelmsford. All great fun. Brown has no answer. Trouble like this is precisely why the late Robin Cook said he’d never accept a job with an England remit after devolution. I suspect the Scottish card will be played against Mr Brown at least once during every PMQs from now on. And quite right too.

Written byFraser Nelson

Fraser Nelson is the editor of The Spectator. He is also a columnist with The Daily Telegraph, a member of the advisory board of the Centre for Social Justice and the Centre for Policy Studies.

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