Sunday, 14 January 2007

English Parliament

English Parliament.

Devolution has created a United Kingdom in which Scotland and Wales have national executives while England does not. The Scottish Parliament has full executive powers independent of the UK in 75% of governance matters. No English MP has any voice at all in such matters as they affect Scotland. Scottish MPs can both initiate and vote on Acts of Parliament concerning education and the NHS in England. Constitutionally there are three sorts of people in the island of Great Britain. There are those who are Scottish and British, those who are Welsh and British and those who are just British.At the moment there is no voice for England in any of the various institutions that help shape EU policy, the conduct of EU business, or the awarding of EU grants.

Gordon Brown warned: "It is now time for supporters of the union to speak up, to resist any drift towards a Balkanisation of Britain and to acknowledge Great Britain for the success it has been and is."

The Conservatives have suggested for some time now that it might be better if exclusively English laws were voted on by English MPs alone. Shadow Scotland secretary David Mundell said: "Gordon Brown simply sticks his head in the sand and says the only way to deal with that issue, and that question, is not to ask it."

Liberal Democrat leader Sir Menzies Campbell said the chancellor was right to highlight the "Faustian bargain" between the nationalists and the Tories. "They may have different motives but their actions will jointly lead to the same conclusion - the break-up of the union," he said.

“There’s a possibility that a Scotsman is going to rule over me. A Scotsman who comes from a constituency where my member of parliament, who I elected, has no say whatsoever.”

Sir Michael Caine.

Q. Should there be an English parliament?

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