Labour’s selfish priorities laid bare for all to see

Far better to have a two-tier United Kingdom that includes a second class country than a two-tier Parliamentary chamber that includes second class MPs.

That’s Labour’s thrust in its opposition to the notion of MPs from English constituencies possibly being able to block legislation that only affects England, which would have been progressed through the Commons because of the party whipped votes of Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish MPs.  The Independent has gratefully palmed the proffered crumbs from the establishment table and is running with the story.

Labour says the coalition idea that only English MPs could have the final say in approving or rejecting legislation on matters that only affect England, is ‘hare-brained’.  They are right, but for the wrong reason.

It isn’t hare-brained because it marginalises and creates a lower tier of Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish MPs, who would not be able to impose laws on England that won’t apply in their own countries.  Boo hoo.  It is hare-brained because it continues to deny the English people – uniquely among western ‘democratic’ countries – their own national Parliament and the same level of self determination as that enjoyed by the other UK countries.

This Tory-Limp Dum plan tells the English they must remain second class citizens within the United Kingdom. It says the Scots, Welsh and Northern Irish people will continue to have more control over affairs in their countries – in competences such as education, the NHS, transport or environment – than the English have in England.  It says the other parts of the Union can have power that is denied to the English.

These are not the reasons Labour are opposed to the ‘hare-brained’ idea, their only concern is that their party whips would lose a substantial number of votes in the lobby on English only matters, because 67 of their MPs are from north of the border or west of Offa’s Dyke.  It is self serving party maintenance of the worst order.

Why anyone in England would vote for such a rancid collection of bile-infused troughers remains a mystery.  Hopefully this will help some of those voters see Labour for the mendacious and bitter collective of grubbing  entitlement that it is.

England must have its own Parliament. That is the only acceptable solution to the West Lothian Question.

In a democracy decision making power should be delegated to the lowest possible level, as close to the people as can be achieved.  An English Parliament has a place in such a structure.  We just need real democracy in this country in which such a Parliament could function according to the will of the people…

11 Responses to “Labour’s selfish priorities laid bare for all to see”

  1. 1 Mark B 10/07/2013 at 5:57 pm

    Thank you AM for raising this issue.

    All politicians from all side of the supposed political divide claim, and I do not for one believe it, to be in Parliament to serve the people.

    They are their to serve either those pressure groups, unions, or corporate business that help fund their respective party and candidature, and/or themselves.

    Having an English Parliament wiil, I believe, give a stronger voice to the people of this land and will enable us to have a far stronger hold on those we elect.

    But it is with the Harrogate Agenda that I hope will in time prove to be the real political breakthrough that we need.

  2. 2 Andy Baxter 11/07/2013 at 10:13 am

    “England must have its own Parliament. That is the only acceptable solution to the West Lothian Question.”

    NO….its not.

    Exit from the EU, to re-establish Parliamentary sovereignty, followed by the demands being implemented which would bring about a strengthening of the ‘union’ which made this country what it once was. No where else in the world is there a precedent of four distinct unique individual nation states with their own unique cultures and histories coming together to form a ‘union’ that gave the world such progress in; industry, agriculture, transport, engineering, medicine, education, social welfare, and yes even military prowess.

    And all because of a ‘union’ that did not detract from our cultural and historical differences but enhanced and celebrated and yes even mocked them (An Englishmen a Scotsman a Welshman and an Irishman…..)at times.

    All that has been betrayed by our surrender to the EU and the deliberate machinations of a vile political class intent on wrecking our historic culture and values.

    The contempt I feel is visceral

  3. 3 Autonomous Mind 11/07/2013 at 10:39 am

    We can’t put the genie back in the lamp, Andy.

    Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have devolved powers handled by their own parliaments and assemblies. It is only right that England has the same.

    This isn’t about EU membership or not, it’s about devolving power from the centre of the UK government to a lower level. Each country in our United Kingdom does things differently, so having an English Parliament will ensure matters pertaining to England only are dealt with by way of English solutions, exclusively made by representatives voted for in English constituencies.

    It goes without saying that exit from the EU remains an imperative.

  4. 5 Sceptical Steve 11/07/2013 at 4:37 pm

    Another mechanism by which the establishment expected to erode the primacy of Parliament was the establisment of a framework for Regional Assemblies. Do we assume that this has finally died the death? I can’t believe that its supporters have really just abandoned their plan.

    Regional Assemblies were put forward as a coherent response to the WLQ, even if the model was botched and discredited through the involvement of the former Baron Prescott.

    I assume that these proposals will eventually be dusted off and repackaged, like so many other unwanted European initiatives.

    My guess would be that it’ll be done by someone “helpfully” referring the existing model to the ECHR as an infringement of the Engish People’s human rights.

  5. 6 ansel61 13/07/2013 at 9:21 am

    As a Scot, I really don’t know why you’ve put up with my fellow left wing, state-loving, subsidy junkies for so long. If the English have a fault it’s that you are too tolerant.

    I’ll probably vote for the union but it is tempting to vote for independence so that England can have a proper say in its own affairs instead of having issues hijacked by the marauders from this side of the wall.

  6. 7 mark 13/07/2013 at 10:05 am


    Too tolerant and too apathetic! In the past this has been a good thing politically but it is now being used against us.

    If Scotland does find itself independent you will always be able to find a place in England (unless you live here already of course). We have always welcomed smart, hard working Scots (or Welsh or Irish or anybody else) and always will. Unfortunately these days, this does not seem to be reciprocated.

  7. 8 Jeremy Poynton 13/07/2013 at 3:14 pm

    Report on this matter heading your way by email…

  8. 9 Jeremy Poynton 13/07/2013 at 3:16 pm

    Sceptical Steve – can’t answer that questions, but all the EU regions have their own ministers, regardless of the fact that we never hear about them or their role.

  9. 10 Toque (@toques) 19/07/2013 at 12:36 pm

    There are no regional ministers anymore simply because the present government didn’t bother to appoint any.

  10. 11 Fred 19/07/2013 at 2:06 pm

    If you have four Countries in a Union you devolve all four equally, it’s a no brainer, sadly the Labour party constantly show that they are and Anti English Racist party.

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