Monday, October 23, 2006

The UK continues to unravel

From The Scotsman:

ONE of the founding fathers of Scottish devolution is calling for England to be given its own parliament to reflect a "growing sense of national identity".

Canon Kenyon Wright, who chaired the
Constitutional Convention that paved the way for the reconvening of the Scottish Parliament in 1999, will this week argue that England has the same "claim of right" to its own legislature as Scotland.

Advocates of an English parliament are gearing up to use next year's 300th anniversary of the
Act of Union between England and Scotland to focus public attention on England's constitutional position.

At the House of Lords tomorrow, Canon Wright will address the first meeting of what campaigners hope will become an English Constitutional Convention, closely based on the cross-party body that helped deliver devolution to Scotland.

If the English get their own parliament then what, exactly, will remain of the United Kingdom?

Also, I'm sure that a Scot or Welchman would point out that the English MPs outnumber the combined representatives of Scotland and Whales to the point that the national parliament is an English parliament.