Basically, despite daily evidence of corruption, lies and greed at the heart of the machine, English voters still believe in a winner-takes-all world financed by economies of scale in which wealth trickles down to the dispossessed (albeit with a bit more regulation) and are willing to waste time breathing life into un-resourced localism as a sop for London-favouring policies that are wrecking the wider English economy.
Reply from the West Lothian Commission, and follow-up on the vote on same-sex marriage « A National Conversation For England
On Tuesday 5 February, at around 4.20 pm (two and a half hours before MPs were actually due to vote on the Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) Bill), I received a reply to my email to the McKay Commission (aka the West Lothian Commission) asking them to make a recommendation that MPs from Scottish and Northern Irish seats should not vote on the Bill, which relates to England and Wales only
Scotland should remain part of the UK because having two governments looking after its affairs offers "the best of both worlds", David Cameron has said.
Our plans for the transfer of financial and constitutional power could trigger changes across the UK. It is up to the rest of the UK how they choose to govern themselves but I hope our plans may encourage them to accelerate that process.
UNABLE to continue blaming the English for their misfortunes, an independent Scotland will instead hate cats.
Peter Davies, the mayor of Doncaster, has resigned from the English Democrats claiming there has been a big influx of new members joining from the British National Party.
"If English local government were financially independent, and local councils could make decisions for themselves, then local democracy would be rejuvenated at a stroke"
Injustice to England: Since the Blair devolution settlement, MPs who sit for Scottish, Wales and Northern Ireland have been able to vote on English business, but MPs from English constituencies have not always been able to vote on theirs. This is a special problem for the relationship between England and Scotland because of the combination of the extent of devolution in Scotland and the number of Scottish constituencies.
"Lack of sub-regional power should follow four key steps to codifying the central and local government relationship"
"The Scottish government has agreed to change the wording of its independence referendum question, after concerns it may lead people to vote 'Yes'."