Originally posted on Labourhome:
Is this an idea that Labour should embrace?
One of the constitutional issues that some propose is that of an English Parliament?The argument goes that Scotland has a Parliament, Wales and Northern Ireland have their assemblies, why not England? Well why not?Some argue that England is just too large and diverse an area (compare Cornwall to old Yorkshire for instance!), or that we don't want any more decentralisation and "red tape!"Fair points, but the fact remains that we have a constitutional anamoly (such as the West Lothian question!) and indeedneed to have a body which concentrates on issues that just affect England!The government have recognised this in the past with it's proposals for regional assemblies, but this has gone pear shaped like a pack of dominoes when one region voted overwhelmingly against devolution. Would it not be far better to pose this issue as a national question first!If an English Parliament is something to aim for, it will take time and effort, and many minor questions need to be addressed (system of voting, which powers to be devolved etc..) but it is something Labour can look into and make sure that it is not simply the preserve of those on the right who are interested in this! Not only that, but given the state of our nation, wouldn't a small federal country suit us well?