Wednesday, October 25, 2006

[britain] this is the thin edge of the wedge

Oh how I wish Doughty Street was accessible over here - I wanted to see the devolution and English Parliament debate. First off, of course Scots voting on English issues [but not the reverse] is right out. What is very worrying is the tit-for-tat being seen and all the old grievances being aired again. It's like a time warp and is the sign of a disintegrating nation. By the time the Scots wake up that it was better united and the English stop moaning about carrying them [hasn't every great nation done so with its 'smaller brothers'], a very different issue will be upon us [this post and the next]. Rant continues here.

1 comment:

Toque said...

I disagree, the sure sign of a disintegrating nation would be if we weren't having the debate.

The fact is that asymmetric devolution is unfair and is having a destablising effect on the Union.

Maybe it would have been better if devolution had never happened, or a dual-mandate solution had been proposed, but that is in the past now.

At the moment the three main parties are doing nothing, allowing the acrimony to build: Labour has its head in the sand; Lib Dems make conciliatory noises but still hanker after regional assemblies, as do some in the Labour Party, and; the Tories, worst of all, have absolutely no answer.

For the past three General Elections English Votes on English Matters has been in the Tory manifesto despite the fact that everyone that has considered it (including me) has described it as unworkable.