Devolution – More Muddle and Fudge in prospect
In our appeal to Scottish voters (18th September) “Help build a Union of Five Parliaments”, we set out our view that only an English Parliament with powers equal to those now being contemplated for the Scottish Parliament can possibly meet the English people’s demand to be properly represented in the British State. The post on this website “Scotland and the United Kingdom” of 23rd January 2012 highlights Cameron’s insouciant sloth about the unfolding catastrophe of Scotland’s secession from the United Kingdom: the muddle and defeatism in government circles – with the lately retired Head of the Civil Service, Gus O’Donnell, in the van (if that’s the word for a defeatist mediocrity), the loss of the UK nuclear deterrent and our permanent seat on the UN Security Council, the disruption of what little immigration control we have, and the inevitable problems for the monarchy.
The responses of the Westminster political class
It may or may not surprise Alex Salmond, soon to cease being leader of the SNP, that the Westminster government of civil servants and politicians is as detested as much in England as in Scotland.
With the honourable exceptions of clear-thinking, but out-of-office MPs like John Redwood and Owen Patterson, the Westminster politicians and their media allies in the Telegraph, the Times and the BBC will do anything to avoid ever discussing how a parliament for England can be set up. This reluctance to deal sensibly with the obvious is a symptom of a much deeper instinct – and that is to suppress any institutional manifestation of the English people and nation.
Thus all the talk is of “English votes for English issues” at Westminster (David Cameron) and devolving power to cities (Labour’s Ed Miliband) – just more muddle and bodge, avoiding the key issue. …[more»]