England, the sleeping partner
From the Welsh Conservatives 2011 Manifesto.
Devolution has made Wales a political nation. The Welsh Conservative Party welcomes this development and believes it is completely compatible with a strong Union, which is the basis of the UK. Now that the principle of a primary law making Assembly has been settled, it is time to strengthen the political partnership between Wales, England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the UK. This will require the UK to move to a fair, needs based formula for the funding of devolution.
If devolution has made Wales a political nation, doesn't England's lack of devolution make it a non-political nation that is incapable of being in a political partnership with Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the UK?
Didn't the Tories promise to reform the Barnett Formula before they were elected and then kicked the issue into the long-grass after they were elected?
Unlike the Welsh Conservative Manifesto, the Scottish Conservative Manifesto makes no mention of moving the UK to a fair, needs based formula for the funding of devolution. Well it wouldn't, would it? Such a move could leave Scotland £4.5bn a year worse off.