No to an English parliament

September 19, 2014 at 10:04 pm (democracy, Jim D, London)

I am and always have been for re-organising Britain as a federal republic. However, I am not for an English parliament. England seems to me far too big to be a sensible unit for regional government. Calls for an English parliament are nothing to do with democracy and everything to do with:

a) nationalist rubbish about “a voice for England,” and

b) the Tories getting one over on Labour.

I support regional government in England, including a much bigger and much stronger London Assembly … and the abolition of the office of mayor.

H/t: Sasha


  1. Mick O said,

    I agree wholeheartedly with you up until the last paragraph. Regional assemblies would just be another step towards fragmentation and another layer of expensive useless bureaucracy.

  2. pinkagendist said,

    Really? I’m not sure. I say let English MP’s build duck houses in their gardens and let their constituents pay for it and then find out about it 😉
    I doubt the bigness will matter for too long.

  3. februarycallendar said,

    Agreed with this.

    An English parliament, as most of its exponents would have it, would be *even less* a parliament for the whole of England and all its people than Westminster is – which would be a perverse kind of anti-achievement.

  4. caseypurvis said,


  5. Mike Killingworth said,

    England has 10 times the population of Scotland which has twice the population of Wales. End of case for an English Parliament.

    There isn’t a sufficient sense of regional identity to make regional assemblies doable: the people of the North-east (the part of England furthest from London) rejected the idea when a referendum was held.

    I am at a loss to see why there should be a “socialist” answer to this mess (and it is a mess, that’s for sure) any more than there is a “socialist” answer to who’ll succeed in sport.

  6. RosieB said,

    It is a mess because of the relative size of the nations involved, as Mike Killingworth says. And ditto his remarks about English regions. I don’t know what the solution is.

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