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An English Parliament

John Simkin

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One of the great ironies is that government votes which imposed tuition fees in universities and created foundation hospitals relied on Labour MPs from Scotland and Wales backing the plans against a majority of English MPs who opposed them. However, devolved government has meant that neither Scotland nor Wales has tuition fees or foundation hospitals.

There is no doubt that the parliaments of Wales and Scotland are far more sensible that the House of Commons (mainly because they are more left-wing). However, one has to ask how long the English taxpayer will be willing to subsidize policies in Wales and Scotland that we are told we cannot afford in England.

When Tony Blair decided to move the Labour Party to the right, he failed to see the problems that devolution would cause him. Or maybe he did. The current situation will definitely make it more difficult for Gordon Brown to be elected at the next general election.

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