Today is the 300th anniversary of the Act of Union. Yet the BBC shows a survey saying that the majority of British people think that England should have its own parliament.
I feel that and English parliament would ultimately lead to the break up of the union and as a member of the Conservative & Unionist Party I am naturally opposed to this.
How have we come to this? Well Labour’s attempt to divide and rule by breaking off their traditionally strong Celtic fringe has created the situation we now face. Scottish MPs enjoy a particularly unfair power to vote on laws which do not affect the people who voted them in. This lack of accountability strikes right to the heart of parliamentary democracy and people sense this needs to change.
So what is the best solution to this problem? As the man at the railway ticket office said when asked the best way to get to Crewe, “Well I wouldn’t start from here”! English votes on English issues seems to me the best of a bad bunch, the Labour party’s “head in the sand” solution is really not an option in the long term but in cynical, party political terms is probably a very sensible position for them to take.
Labour kick this issue into the long grass because they know their is no clean solution, wait for the political meltdown that even they (in private) admit is coming and let the Conservatives sort out the whole mess. They are even preparing the ground now, how a Labour minister can blame the Conservatives for this debacle is quite beyond me. Yet that is what they are doing.
Labour opened this particular Pandora’s Box, they should have the guts to at least attempt to sort it out.