Saturday, 13 December 2008

I don’t want to see a separate English Parliament

David Cameron was asked the following question and the answer was published on the Slugger O'Toole blog yesterday.

Q: In his opinion, has the New Labour devolution project in the UK strengthened or weakened the Union? If it is the former, will he then be looking to extend the “benefits” of devolution to England? If it is the latter, how does he propose to remedy the situation?
Mr O’Neill, Belfast
A: "I don’t want to see a separate English Parliament. I think the last thing we need right now is another bunch of politicians on another bunch of big salaries and pensions and all the rest of it. So I don’t think we need an English parliament".

Well David, it may have escaped your notice but it is not what you want that really counts.
The electorate of England deserves the same recognition of their right to decide what they want for their country as the electorate in Scotland and Wales.
If there was an English Parliament there would not need to be as many MPs in the UK Parliament so there would not be the need for "another bunch of politicians on another bunch of big salaries and pensions and all the rest of it".
If England had its own parliament all that would be left for a UK parliament to concern itself with would be defence, foreign policy, the UK constitution employment legislation, social security policy and administration, and transport safety and regulation
The creation of an English Parliament is not only about achieving a devolution settlement that is fair. It is also about encouraging innovation and openness in our democracy.

1 comment:

Denis said...

The present system is clearly undemocratic. The MPs elected in Scotland are not selected by their electorate to represent them in dealing with any of the matters for which they have elected their represetatives in the Scottish Parliament. In dealing with such matters in the UK Parliament therefore they cannot claim to be representing anybody except themselves. Any of their votes on such matters in Parliament should be declared invalid. After all, we do claim to be a representative democracy and, except for England, demand changes in any country which is not governed by its populations' chosen representatives.