The big question

Smoking out the big (West Lothian) question. Apparently, “The only way to solve it once and for all would be to have no more Scottish MPs at Westminster and a fully independent Scottish state.” Er, no it’s not. How about devolved assemblies for England? (Via.)

West Lothian rears its head again

John Reid was apparently the one who didn’t want a blanket ban on smoking in public places in England. The legislation, though, won’t affect his constituents anyway. Three cheers for democracy!

Murky letters

Murky has received replies from his MP and the Department for Constitutional Affairs — the latter is almost identical to the one I received.

Gordon Brown and Charlie Falconer have their say (pt. 3)

A third reply to my letter to my MP came today (incidentally, there are brand new Kirkcaldy & Cowdenbeath letterheads!). This one came with a copy of a letter from unelected Charlie Lord Falconer of Thoroton. “I don’t think there’s a real groundswell for change,” he once said regarding making my vote count. In my […]

That sticky West Lothian Question

An interesting post by Third Avenue over at The Sharpener. It’s about the West Lothian Question. Ooh. It’s a wee while since I’ve touched upon that. It’s a good post, making a lot of interesting points, essentially saying that the West Lothian Question is an issue that’s been blown out of all proportion. But it […]

Gordon Brown and others have their say (pt. 2)

Another reply to my letter from Gordon Brown came this morning, with a photocopy of another one from the Department for Constitutional Affairs. Dear Mr Stephen I enclose a copy of a letter I have just received concerning the matter I raised on your behalf. As you will see a further letter will follow and […]

Gordon Brown has his say (or not)

Sit up now Stuart, Gareth, Garry, Murky. Gordon Brown has replied to my letter. Dear Mr Stephen Thank you for your recent letter which I have forwarded to the appropriate department. I will contact you once I receive a reply. Yours sincerely Gordon Brown MP I’m sure you’ll agree, it was definitely worth the wait, […]

What anomalies?

Ha! I gave up watching Question Time a while ago, but last night’s edition sounds like it was a real a hoot. When one audience member asked about the possibility of having an English Parliament, the minister for Constitutional Affairs of all things, Harriet Harman, said, “What anomalies?” The Campaign for an English Parliament has […]

Letter to Gordon Brown

Dear Mr Brown, I am writing to ask you about electoral reform. As I am sure you are aware, the Labour Party won the 2005 General Election with a majority of seats having earned just 35.2% of the popular vote. In its 1997 manifesto, the Labour Party promised electoral reform. Although I am pleased at […]