English Votes for English Laws

Scotland voting to stay with the United Kingdom means that the political establishment should now focus on dealing with the West Lothian question of whether Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish MPs can vote on matters that only affect England.

Immediately after the Scottish result, David Cameron started the debate on English votes for English laws but, rather than joining in the discussion, Ed Miliband wants to kick it into the long grass by establishing a constitutional convention that may take years to report.  Could it be that Ed Miliband needs Scotland’s Labour MPs to vote on English laws as it is the only way he thinks he’ll have a majority in the UK government?

Chris Green says “Labour started the Scottish devolution process so they should have thought about the consequences.  When they built the Scottish Parliament it cost £414 million which is ten times more than planned – they seem to be just as good at running the British economy”.