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Posts Tagged ‘England’

The English Democratic Deficit

Gerry Hassan

The Scotsman, January 29th 2011

What happens in England matters to us north of the border, from its politics and culture to general state of mind.

England is by far the largest part of the UK in population, size and wealth, and despite devolution, what goes on in England has enormous consequences for Scottish politics and society.

At the same time, England finds itself in the strange position of being the one nation in the UK without a democratic forum in the shape of a Parliament or Assembly. It is also the one nation which has not yet had a vote as a nation on its constitutional future, whereas Scotland and Northern Ireland have had two, and the Welsh are away to have a third.

The Cameron Conservatives have a mandate in England winning the most seats and votes. If England alone was represented in the House of Commons there would be no need for coalition with the Conservatives enjoying a healthy majority of 53 seats over all other parties; conversely the coalition govern the rest of the UK solely based on English votes. Read the rest of this entry »

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