Have just heard James Purnell, Secretary of State for Work & Pensions, on Question Time.
The panel was answering a question about Scotland – Referendum – wee Wendy, and a member of the audience talked about Scottish members voting on English matters, but not the other way round; no prescription charges in Wales; and so on.
So little James bravely speaks up about the virtues of preserving the United Kingdom, and then says that with devolution they have tried other forms of government in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland so they can “work out what is best for each country”.
There’s something missing here isn’t there? What about England? It seems we are not old enough or responsible enough to have the self-government the other three countries of the United Kingdom have. Labour doesn’t have to bother to “work out what is best” for England. We just have to put up with having Brown’s scottish comrades make the rules for us.
Just how blinkered are these people that they can’t see the unfairness of having a completely different constitutional framework for England than for the other three countries?
A Parliament for England now!