True, but the leadership wasn't actually mentioned in the post to which Matt has responded.Matt Mackenzie wrote:On a point of fact, the Tory leadership are not supporting an English parliament.
On a point of fact, the Conservative leadership hasn't actually proposed anything so far, just indicated a democratic deficit that they "believe" should be addressed in response to "perceived" public concern.
Well, the well worn phrase, "English votes for English laws" has been uttered. That could be achieved, given cross-party consensus, as a matter of Parliamentary procedure, rather than requiring statute. The trap for Labour would, of course, be seen to resist what would be portrayed as a matter of basic fairness, for reasons of political self-interest, without themselves putting forward firm proposals on the matter.Matt Mackenzie wrote:I am none too keen on that, but would certainly prefer it to what they *are* proposing......
It is a logical absurdity, of course, which ultimately could result in a constitutional crisis, caused by a government elected on a UK franchise being unable to deliver government in England. An English Parliament would avoid this, but would, however, spectacularly fail to address the grievances caused by the uneven regional distribution of government spending, which cause some voters to see it as a panacea.