The head of the Local Government Association, which represents councils in England and Wales, has said "the devolution genie is out of the bottle" following the Scottish referendum. David Sparks said any new powers that Scotland receives "must be given to local areas in England and Wales", adding: "The appetite for devolution does not stop at the border and the rest of the UK will not be content to settle for the status quo." Read more >>
The cartoon by Schrank from The Independent shows UK Prime Minister David Cameron celebrating his 'victory' in the Scottish independence referendum by relaxing with a glass of whisky in his armchair in Number 10 Downing Street. However, he has not noticed the giant blue genie which has come out of the bottle of whisky. The genie's belt features the word 'Devolution' and he has tattoos representing England, Wales, and Northern Ireland.
If the genie is out of the bottle, something (usually bad or unwanted) has been brought into reality that cannot be eliminated or undone. • The party leadership contest has let the genie of change out of the bottle. In Arabian folklore, a genie is a magic spirit that looks like a person, often lives in a lamp or bottle, and serves the person who calls it. The most famous story involving a genie is Aladdin and the Magic Lamp.
A wee dram is a small amount of Scottish whisky (aka, Scotch). Wee is a Scottish word meaning small.
Having just survived one major threat to his premiership, Cameron is now facing another bitter battle over devolution for the rest of the UK.
• Chris Riddell cartoon (The Observer)