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Forum: Politics 22-09-2014, 20:39
Replies: 130
Views: 2,437
Posted By jjne
Those anonymous parts of England which lack any...

Those anonymous parts of England which lack any identity, are more than welcome to form a "bland England" or "Commuterland" rump parliament to suit their wishes.

Will go very nicely with the generic...
Forum: Politics 22-09-2014, 16:43
Replies: 130
Views: 2,437
Posted By jjne
Not sure if this has been covered,...

Not sure if this has been covered, but:

http://www.itv.com/news/tyne-tees/update/2014-09-19/north-east-residents-want-more-decision-making-power/

Taking out don't knows that's 63-37.

Reasons for...
Forum: Politics 22-09-2014, 12:02
Replies: 96
Views: 2,050
Posted By jjne
I'm afraid this is nonsense, and fundamentally...

I'm afraid this is nonsense, and fundamentally misunderstands the nature of FPTP electoral systems.

Labour is a coalition of convenience, just like the Tory Party. Labour's only option, if they wish...
Forum: Politics 20-09-2014, 22:47
Replies: 267
Views: 6,231
Posted By jjne
So the Government makes commitments to change,...

So the Government makes commitments to change, the backbenchers don't like it, and now vow to nix the whole thing.

Fair enough -- I have no problem at all with disagreements on principle.

However,...
Forum: Politics 12-09-2014, 16:39
Replies: 261
Views: 5,477
Posted By jjne
I would expect that in a federal system, if a...

I would expect that in a federal system, if a part of Scotland felt strongly enough to be devolved into a separate region then they would be allowed to go ahead.

The difference between England and...
Forum: Politics 12-09-2014, 16:29
Replies: 15
Views: 579
Posted By jjne
Absolute nonsense.

Absolute nonsense.
Forum: Politics 12-09-2014, 16:24
Replies: 52
Views: 1,279
Posted By jjne
Absolutely. The current disagreements, West...

Absolutely. The current disagreements, West Lothian question etc stem directly from our lack of a written constitution.

Central government has been demonstrably proven not to work in the UK....
Forum: Politics 12-09-2014, 16:07
Replies: 52
Views: 1,279
Posted By jjne
In which case they'll have no problem with losing...

In which case they'll have no problem with losing their existing powers, will they.

I see no justification whatsoever for giving one part of England more powers than the rest, when that part already...
Forum: Politics 12-09-2014, 14:50
Replies: 52
Views: 1,279
Posted By jjne
Because several parts of the country are as...

Because several parts of the country are as different to, and remote from, the centralised Westminster elite as Scotland and Wales are.

If London itself warrants devolved powers, then so does any...
Forum: Politics 12-09-2014, 14:04
Replies: 52
Views: 1,279
Posted By jjne
If it's an English parliament, then in the...

If it's an English parliament, then in the interests of fairness, London's devolved powers should be removed.
Forum: Politics 10-09-2014, 16:40
Replies: 41
Views: 1,175
Posted By jjne
The BNP doesn't have any coherent economic...

The BNP doesn't have any coherent economic policies (however much it likes to pretend otherwise), so the question is moot, really.
Forum: Politics 10-09-2014, 16:34
Replies: 103
Views: 2,405
Posted By jjne
Precisely the same powers as granted to Scotland...

Precisely the same powers as granted to Scotland and Wales.

It's called federalism, dear.
Forum: Politics 10-09-2014, 16:30
Replies: 103
Views: 2,405
Posted By jjne
Ask the Scots. They have local MSPs and make up...

Ask the Scots. They have local MSPs and make up the numbers with regional representatives.

I have to say though that this business of a local MP being a positive thing is a load of old bunkum. In...
Forum: Politics 10-09-2014, 16:25
Replies: 41
Views: 1,175
Posted By jjne
They won't, precisely because Westminster knows...

They won't, precisely because Westminster knows that they'd have to grant the same rights to the rest of the UK.

They'll have to come through with some concessions, but it'll be a case of as little...
Forum: Politics 10-09-2014, 16:17
Replies: 41
Views: 1,175
Posted By jjne
This hits the nail on the head. There will not...

This hits the nail on the head.

There will not be years of 'Tory' misrule as such. (Southern) England is much more Conservative-oriented than Scotland is, but the result will not be years of...
Forum: Politics 10-09-2014, 13:21
Replies: 103
Views: 2,405
Posted By jjne
As I have mentioned before, the NE has a high...

As I have mentioned before, the NE has a high percentage of local government workers, and the various councils were telling their staff to vote against the assembly. These workers came out en-masse,...
Forum: Politics 10-09-2014, 13:11
Replies: 103
Views: 2,405
Posted By jjne
Oh come on. Both the devolution, and AV...

Oh come on. Both the devolution, and AV referendums were voted down because the alternative on offer was crap. We've been through all that before.

There is also no reason why regional government...
Forum: Politics 10-09-2014, 13:03
Replies: 103
Views: 2,405
Posted By jjne
Would you class the Scottish/Welsh parliaments,...

Would you class the Scottish/Welsh parliaments, or the various federal governments of Germany, as "amateur"? After all, as I mentioned previously, a regional government would be running at a similar...
Forum: Politics 10-09-2014, 12:55
Replies: 58
Views: 1,334
Posted By jjne
Convenient. Kindly explain why, referring...

Convenient.

Kindly explain why, referring specifically to the rights of Scottish MPs or UK MEPs respectively, that one group should have their democratic access removed and the other should not.
Forum: Politics 10-09-2014, 12:24
Replies: 103
Views: 2,405
Posted By jjne
Many Conservatives are putting forward the notion...

Many Conservatives are putting forward the notion of a "time-share" Westminster, where the English MPs debate English matters for a few days a week, then come together with the other nations to...
Forum: Politics 10-09-2014, 12:10
Replies: 58
Views: 1,334
Posted By jjne
I'm glad someone didn't miss the point!

I'm glad someone didn't miss the point!
Forum: Politics 10-09-2014, 12:08
Replies: 103
Views: 2,405
Posted By jjne
An English parliament will last all of six months...

An English parliament will last all of six months before some English regions start to get restless. For a start it's likely to be perpetually Tory, especially if they re-use the existing MPs elected...
Forum: Politics 10-09-2014, 12:03
Replies: 58
Views: 1,334
Posted By jjne
Indeed. And when the UK votes to leave the EU,...

Indeed.

And when the UK votes to leave the EU, similarly our MEPs should be barred from Brussels/Strasbourg.
Forum: Politics 10-09-2014, 11:53
Replies: 21
Views: 796
Posted By jjne
Dry run for the even bigger jitters due in...

Dry run for the even bigger jitters due in 2017.

The level of panic surrounding this amazes me. One small region of the UK might be leaving the union -- a region so small that for years its TV...
Forum: Politics 09-09-2014, 23:31
Replies: 33
Views: 1,520
Posted By jjne
I'm English and would prefer the regions of...

I'm English and would prefer the regions of England to be freed from the shackles of Westminster, so I voted yes.

Fortuitously, it appears that even in the event of a no vote, Westminster has...
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