There’s a fair bit of praise out there for the Secretary of State today.
Mr Moore made a good fist of things yesterday. His tone was conciliatory, measured, reasonable and, above all, it presented what looked like a cast-iron legal case for allowing Mr Salmond to conduct a binding referendum — but only if he agrees to including only one question on the ballot paper, restricts the voting to the over-18s and allows the Electoral Commission to oversee the poll.
Alan Cochrane, Telegraph
Given that Mr Moore has struck a measured tone and Mr Salmond is relatively conciliatory, there must be room for the two governments to negotiate. The Scottish people will expect their governments to work together to agree to the test of their opinion all are agreed will happen.
Michael Moore’s statement to the House of Commons on the question of how a referendum on Scotland’s constitutional future may be held was clear, composed, sensible and modest. In other words it was everything that the last few days have not been. The Prime Minister in particular has not distinguished himself in recent times. Perhaps it is fairer (it is certainly kinder) to presume this was just as innocent a cock-up as any Prime Ministerial cock-up can be; regardless is was a desperate piece of floundering that made Mr Cameron look something of a chump.