The Scottish example comes across as yet another injustice to England. If Scottish voters can settle their fate within the Union unilaterally, why can’t the English? Gordon Brown should now offer the English a vote on whether they wish to stay in the Union, which would force him to recognise the unfairness of the current settlement and to offer improvements in order to secure the continuing consent of the English to his constitutional arrangements.As a Unionist myself I want English votes for English issues - the restoration of the English Parliament at Westminster with dual mandate English MPs.
John Redwood MP
I’m with Mr Redwood 100% right up until that last sentence. I don’t want a “restoration”(?) of an English parliament at Westminster; I want one sovereign parliament governing the whole of the United Kingdom at Westminster. But whilst the present devolution shambles remains in place in the other three parts of the Kingdom, I have been persuaded, over the last year or so, that the only fair and equitable way forward is for the English electorate to be given exactly the same opportunity as their fellow citizens in the rest of the nation to vote on how they wish to be governed.
If an English parliament were to arise from such a vote, then it would merely be the final nail in the coffin of the United Kingdom as a united nation; but if that were to happen, then the real responsibility for its final burial would lie with those (including self-proclaimed unionists) in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales who decided ten years ago that they no longer wished to be governed as a united and single people.