Mr Redwood’s contribution to the Statement on a Referendum (Scotland), 15 Oct

Mr John Redwood (Wokingham) (Con): Who in the Government speaks for England on these matters, and when will English MPs be able to settle English issues without outside help in this Parliament?

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Scotland (David Mundell): As I am sure my right hon. Friend is aware, the Government have established a commission that is looking at the so-called West Lothian question and will deal with the issue he raises about the governance of England within a range of devolved settlements for the other nations of the United Kingdom.

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  1. David Kelly
    Posted October 16, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

    Here’s a solution to the WLQ which obviates the pointless time, expense and bureaucracy of the WLQ Commission. Hold a referendum in England, like the ones held in the UK’s other nations, and let the English people decide on our governance. After all, we have the same citizenship as people in the devolved nations, and we pay the same taxes (in effect, we pay more taxes, as we have to pay at the point of delivery for social services that are free or cheaper in the devolved nations). Democracy should be for either 0% or 100% of the population. Or is that a bit too much democracy for the liking of some at the Palace of Westminster?

  2. John
    Posted October 16, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for asking these questions regarding the shocking and disdainful way England is treated by a majority of Politicians and further highlighting England’s status as a 3rd class member of the now farce and sham that is the so called “United Kingdom”, despite footing the bill for it.

    Nothing less than an English Parliament, preferably at Westminster, and an English Government, will suffice.

    • David Kelly
      Posted October 16, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Permalink

      Third class member of the ‘United’ Kingdom? We should be so lucky. Tenth class would be nearer the truth.

  3. Old Albion
    Posted October 16, 2012 at 9:02 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for asking that JR. The answer was the usual humbug, but at least you raised the issue. Which is more than most MP’s in England have ever done.

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