Why should Scottish MPs be able to vote on schools or hospitals in England when English MPs cannot do the same for Scotland? - Tam Dalyell MP, arguing against devolution for Scotland:
How do you feel about restricting the vote of Scottish MPs to Scottish issues, Welsh to Welsh issues and the English, let’s not forget them to English legislation?
Presently, the fuss is all about Labour using its “Foreign” MPs to ram through its Parliamentary programme, while MPs with English constituencies are denied the opportunity to vote on what happens north of the border.
Now, we used to have something called a “Union of Great Britain” where everyone voted as part of a great Parliamentary democracy. Then we had devolution or what author Peter Hitchin called” The abolition of Britain” in his book which set out to describe how one particular political party planned to change the boundaries and regulations governing our democracy to ensure that once they were in power, it would be very difficult to vote them out.
Jonathan Friedland, in the Guardian, believes that David Cameron’s plans to introduce a kind of voting parity between MPs would be the death of our Parliament, “The four nations of the union, separately writing their own laws, would eventually go their own ways. The union would break up.”
Is the present system fair? What do you think?