The fact is that some of us English fail to think deeply on important topics, and that some prefer to use the English language to deceive the rest of us, as is shown in the phrase:
“An English parliament would add nothing we need except another layer of politicians in London.”
Let us think about this for a moment. Currently we have 630 MPs and over 400 regular attenders of the House of Lords. A total of 1030+ politicians. Together their direct costs in terms of salary, pension contribution from the exchequer, expenses, allowances, staff costs, office rental costs, subsidies for restaurants and bars in Westminster and so on must be in excess of £250 million – I stopped counting at £210 million.
If we leave this as it is and merely add the cost of nine regional ‘governments’ this cost must soar, probably by another £200 million or more.
So Regional Assemblies will give Total costs of £450 million!
It is even worse than that. The phrase “Devolution to the Cities . . .” is NOT devolution. Manchester, say, would not be able to create its own tax policy for corporation tax to encourage companies from Burnley to move to Manchester. It would not be able to change its education policy and give free higher education to students from Manchester. It would not be able to change its welfare policies and give free social/personal care to Manchester elderly.
If however all domestic matters are devolved to parliaments in England and Wales then most of the work of Westminster will disappear and so most of the MPs and all of the Lords can dissappear to!
If the English Parliament devolves most of its expenditure to the counties and largest cities (as proposed by the English Democrats) it will need very few members, cost very little, and be able to concentrate on strategic matters to the benefit of England and the People of England.
Regional Assemblies are just another opportunity for vainglorious politicians to milk the public purse. They have two advantages to those who recommend them.
The first is that the gravy trains for politicians, their advisors and civil servants will not only continue, it will increase enormously.
Secondly the policy will allow England to be divided and ruled entirely for the benefit of those recommending this – who are mainly the Scots and the Welsh.
One simple characteristic of a free people is that they are ruled by a state whose shape and powers they have decided.
Poll after poll shows the English do not want Regional Government. Those who recommend it are not democrats but merely self-serving lackeys of the Westminster elite and their hangers-on. They have a deep and abiding contempt for England, the English and the People of England.
With fully devolved parliaments for England and Wales as well as Scotland, if they remain in the Union, almost all the work will leave Westminster which could be reduced in size to a single chamber of 100, at most, MPs. They will be left with the weighty task of attending international conferences on foreign policy, finance or defence.
An English parliament could sit where it is most needed by the People of England – in the Midlands perhaps, amongst the English, very few of whom now reside in London. An English parliament would devolve most of its expenditure to the counties and very largest cities. This would break London’s hold on the rest of the country. It would require less than 150 MEPs (Member of the English Parliament) for its reduced workload.
A small English Parliament and Westminster parliament would ensure a once and for all major reduction of the political classes who could now go and get a real job and stop parasitising the rest of us.
So an English Parliament would NOT lead to “. . . another layer of politicians in London.”
Instead it would lead to a reduction of 830 politicians!
This is a reduction of 75% or £180 million in current costs.
What is more in practical terms the reduction will be even more. With less to do at Westminster and in the English Parliament members would not need the current levels of remuneration and hand-outs. These could be reduced to the current level for devolved parliaments to give us further savings.
Since most of the accommodation required by Westminster is no longer required some of it could be converted to hotel accommodation for members and thus get rid of members very generous housing benefits. Much of the Palace of Westminster would no longer be required and this could be converted to a hotel and international conference centre. The profits from this could be used to pay all or some of the costs of parliament.
And there are even further efficiencies to be gained. Excess parliamentary staff could be transferred to the English Parliament, there would be no need to hire more people nor to make people redundant. And the excess of civil servants, no longer needed in London because expenditure has been devolved, could be moved to the counties to add their expertise to, the now expanded role, of local governments so reducing the need for new costs.