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IHT: Always an England? The Scots say no
England (is) in danger of being abolished. How could that happen? The answer lies in Britain's curious constitution, which makes England the only major democratic country in the world to be governed by foreigners. For centuries, England, Scotland and Wales have pooled their sovereignty under the British banner, with the British Parliament legislating on all matters affecting them. Then in 1998 Tony Blair established a Scottish Parliament, through which that country largely governs itself, and a Welsh Assembly with more limited powers. But the English continue to be governed by the British Parliament, to which the Scots and the Welsh elect members as they always did.
What sort of people could have created a system that so obviously discriminates against the English? The Scots of course. Though Tony Blair, who was born and educated in Scotland, has convinced the English that he's one of them, in many ways he's as Scottish as a plate of haggis, and so are his chancellor and several other leading ministers.
Their motivation for denying England a Parliament is certainly political, and, in the view of some, insidious. An English Parliament would not only revive the opposition Conservative Party - which always fares better in England than elsewhere - but, worse, will make people feel more English. And that's an embarrassing habit that the Scottish-led government seems intent on discouraging......