An English Parliament is only common sense
In the wake of the decision of the Smith Commission to give more tax raising powers to Holyrood without scrapping the Barnett formula, concerns about how England is governed have been thrust into full view and will now dominate the political horizon. This time the English look like they are ready for a fight to correct the unfair and imbalanced devolution settlement that left them without a First Minister and their own Government in 1998. Since then, Scottish and Welsh parliaments have flourished whilst England looks nervously at the prospect of being broken-up into concocted ‘Regions’.
Yet the answer to this most pressing of questions is still a long way off. There are multiple proposals floating around, some of which are clearly ridiculous such as the former Tory MP Harold Elleston’s desire to re-establish the old Viking Kingdom in the North of England or calls to hand independence to Yorkshire First and Cornwall to Mebyon Kernow. These last two examples are easily shown to be based on ‘fiscal fantasy’ as both Cornwall and Yorkshire are dependent on funding which is transferred from other parts of England.