I will ask the technicians to look at the configuration of the system to help you all read it easily.
An English Parliament.
I am surprised at how many want a seperate English Parliament. That means more politicians, more advisers, more bureucrats, and many more bills for taxpayers to pay. You are already paying for English MPs at Westminster. Surely the sensible answer is to make us MPs do both jobs for our money – discussing and voting on English issues at Westminster a couple of days a week, and Union matters for another couple of days a week. If Scotland and Wales were sensible they would make their MPs work harder, by asking them to do what needs doing in the devolved assemblies when the English MPs are using Westminster as the correct home of the English Parliament. There is no need for different people to staff the Scottish Parliament or the Welsh Assembly. Whilst we are at it, it would also be a good idea to cut the number of MPs. The USA has fewer Senators and Congressmen and women than we have MPs, and they staff two Chambers of a sovereign legislature for a much larger country.
??Can you trust the Conservatives on the EU?
There is no pleasing some people. The Conservative party was whipped to vote against the Nice Treaty. It was whipped to vote against the Amsterdam treaty. It was whipped to vote for??a crucial amendment to the 1972 European Communities Act allowing us to pick and choose which laws we will accept from Brussels. It is against both the Euro and the Constitution in principle.
The disagreement with UKIP comes down to two simple issues. Firstly do you think it helps or hinders the cause of getting back powers to govern ourselves to have UKIP trying to take Conservative votes away, making it more likely Lib Dem or Labour federalists will be elected to Parliament? The second question is, does it make more sense to renegotiate our position with the EU first before asking the people if they like the revised package, or to pull out unilaterally, only then to have to try to negotiate a set of arrangements over everything from the environment to trade with former partners who have no reason to negotiate positively with us? We are much more likely to get a??good deal if Brussels sees there is a chance the UK voters may vote in a?? referendum to stay in if the package makes sense. The UK electorate would be in charge??in such a process, as the decision would be made by referendum.