I'm playing catchup here. The Conservative party plan drawn up by Tory ex-minister Sir Malcolm Rifkind to establish a "grand committee" is in my mind a step in the right direction. Though this is not exactly what I or many other pro English parliament bloggers want to see, it is most definitely a great deal closer to our objectives than anything Labour are going to offer.
Sir Malcolm said: "When the House of Commons is purely discussing English housing or English health or English transport, then why should that not just be left to the English Members of Parliament to decide upon? When these matters are being discussed in Northern Ireland or in Scotland, it's the Scots and the Northern Irish who decide these matters - that's what devolution's all about."
I'm probably going to get some stick for this but I think this is a good idea. I honestly believe that it will be easier to get across the argument for an English parliament, once we are in the position of having English votes on English matters. I will of course continue to call for an English parliament, nothing else in the end is acceptable. Alex Salmond has said that he backed the idea of English votes for English laws, but that a grand committee did not go far enough, saying: "I think the right solution is to have a Scottish Parliament and an English Parliament - I believe independent parliaments - and to do the job properly as opposed to having some sort of spatchcocked solution to appeal for votes in middle England."
When we have a Conservative government that wants English votes on English laws and a Scottish First Minister who wants separate parliaments, it will only be a matter of time before it happens. I cannot however see this happening, ever, under a Labour government.