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The hypocrisy of The Northern Ireland Office: they would never do to Scotland what they’ve just done to Ulster

Picture the scene. Boris Johnson’s Government has just overruled the Scottish Parliament and imposed a seismic policy change upon Scotland. The change relates to a devolved matter – something that should be in the gift of Holyrood and Holyrood alone. What would the headlines say? “SNP blasts assault on Scottish democracy”. “Sarwar says devolution disrespected.” You can imagine the protests, the media outrage, and the inevitable legal action against the UK Government, accused of transgressing the grounds of the Scotland Act 1998.

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