Thursday, 26 February 2009

52% of people in Wales would vote for the Welsh assembly to have full law-making powers

It was reported on BBC News tonight that 52% of people in Wales would vote for the Welsh assembly to have full law-making powers.

I hope they are not holding their breath in anticipation.

BBC News reported on 26.01.07 that Newsnight found 61% of people in England supported an English Parliament.

Who took any notice of this opinion poll? Certainly not the Labour Government who continue to ignore the will of the people at every turn.

Wednesday, 25 February 2009

Parliament Square Demonstration

Members of the Campaign for an English Parliament gathering in Parliament Square today for their regular demonstration during which they handed out leaflets and by their presence prompted a teacher from a school to explain to his charges about a proposed English Parliament and its difference to the UK one.

Sunday, 1 February 2009

The Local View

I attended a meeting of the Bradford and District Senior Citizens Forum on Friday evening and the topic for discussion was council tax and the prospective parliamentary candidates for the Chippenham constituency outlined their respective policies.
When asked if they thought that under an English Parliament Wiltshire would get a fairer share of the central government funding pot there were some interesting, if on occasion predictable, responses.
David McQueen, Green Party Press Officer, standing in for Mark Fletcher, stated that He supported the idea but was in favour of the Swiss model. He felt there should be more power to the regions but the decision will be made by the people of England.
Duncan Hames, Liberal Democrat, admitted that an English Parliament was a big issue. He could see the attraction of the proposal but tended to follow the party line on regions.
Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones, Conservative, didn't think that it would matter as Wiltshire will always suffer.
Jason Hughes, North Wiltshire Labour candidate, standing in for Nicholas Thomas-Symonds, asked in a derogatory tone, where do you draw the line, Scotland, Northern England? I drew his attention to the fact that the Labour Government had already drawn the lines with the Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly!