When the EU Withdrawal bill came to the House of Commons this week there were supposed to be three hours to discuss the part of the bill that deals with the smaller nations of the UK. So not just the Scottish question, but also Welsh and Northern Irish devolution, and the matter of the Northern Ireland border with Ireland. (The NI border is undoubtedy the most controversial part of the Brexit negotiations so far.) So that’s a lot to get through in 3 hours. Yet due to frankly archaic parliamentary procedures, this time was reduced to 19 minutes. During the “debate”, only a single Conservative minister was given time to speak.