DAVID CAMERON is to lead a campaign to bar MPs with Scottish seats from voting on English legislation in an attempt to thwart Gordon Brown's ambitions of becoming Prime Minister.
The Conservatives are preparing to back a constitutional change that would stop Mr Brown from taking part in votes on Bills relating to English schools, hospitals and a host of other policies.
Mr Clarke told The Observer: “There is no prospect of backing down on some form of English votes for English questions.”
Scottish devolution had left the system “a mess” and voters already recognised that it meant that democracy was not working properly, he said.
“People say that you can’t have a Scottish MP as the United Kingdom Prime Minister when the Government is responsible for all these English matters but not for issues, particularly of health and education, in his home constituency.”
The proposal produced a stinging riposte from Mr Brown, whose allies called it a shallow attempt to “personalise” the Conservatives’ attack on the Chancellor and distract attention from the poor Tory showing in the Bromley and Chislehurst by-election
Better late than never and only a partial answer to the Scottish Raj that swaggers as rulers over us I suppose. But of course now instead of being a measure to restore some democratic accountability it is just being presented as a personal attack on the Jelly-bellied flag flapper. And it shouldn't be. It is a fundamental problem with our democracy and should be treated as such.