Vote for English Votes on English Laws

! This post hasn't been updated in over a year. A lot can change in a year including my opinion and the amount of naughty words I use. There's a good chance that there's something in what's written below that someone will find objectionable. That's fine, if I tried to please everybody all of the time then I'd be a Lib Dem (remember them?) and I'm certainly not one of those. The point is, I'm not the kind of person to try and alter history in case I said something in the past that someone can use against me in the future but just remember that the person I was then isn't the person I am now nor the person I'll be in a year's time.

Let’s get this straight right now – I do not support English Votes on English Laws.  It’s an insult to our nation and a constitutional fudge that is doomed to failure.

It is, however, a recognition of more than a decade of institutional discrimination against England at the hands of the British establishment and the need for English affairs to be managed by English politicians elected by, and accountable to, the people of England.  It will also inevitably lead to an English Parliament when the impracticality and inherent flaws in the system are shown up publicly.

To that end, I would encourage you to vote for the Power 2010 pledge on English Votes on English Laws.  It is currently in 4th place but it’s still too close for comfort.  Power 2010 and various other lobby groups associated with the Rowntree Trust will lobby every MP and PPC with the top 5 pledges as voted for by the public in the run-up to the election.


  1. merk (4 comments) says:

    fix your url. 🙂

  2. wonkotsane (1133 comments) says:

    Dunno what you mean 😉

  3. axel (1214 comments) says:

    I suppose it has been 12 years since you could interfere with most of our laws, so things should be balanced but…..

    Scottish Mps in westminster do live and work in england so surely……

    I’ll go back to hiding under my rock.

    As an aside, how different would England be, if only English MPs voted on its laws?

  4. QM (19 comments) says:

    @ Axel

    No University fees, no trust hospitals for two. Both voted in by Scottish Labour when the majority of English MP’s voted against.

  5. Maria (9 comments) says:

    I don’t think that we “interfered” with your laws, axel. After all, it was a unitary UK parliament before devolution, but Scotland was overly represented and there were various “standing orders” to hinder English MPs from voting on Scottish legislation. Plus, Scotland had its own Secretary Of State.

    England had none of this.

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