Published on Wednesday, 10th September 2014

Whatever the result of the Independence Referendum,Scotland should lose any say in the internal governance of England because even if it remains formally a part of the UK, it will never again be part of the same country in any meaningful sense.

The DevoMax option floated by both the Westminster government and opposition amounts to a promise to stand behind Scotland’s government borrowing and bank debts in exchange for the illusion of a continuing British state.

The tone of the debate in Scotland indicates how separate not just the politics but the people of this island have become. It is depressingly obvious that the ‘yes’ campaign is motivated in large part by a dislike of the English and by a destructive and groundless sense of victimhood.

Surprisingly few people in this area have strong views on the vote either way, with most either not interested at all or favouring a split because it would save England money (and maybe jobs).  

The opposite of love is not hate. The opposite of love is indifference. Increasingly England is indifferent to Scotland. Perhaps for the sake of convenience the UK can continue on paper, but with the people regarding themselves as separate there really is no case for giving Scottish voters a say over purely English affairs. We need an English parliament.

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