I have to admit to being one of those poor souls who doesn’t quite ‘get’ the West Lothian question. The anomaly of devolution in the UK always seemed in tune with the anomalous nature of the territory itself: the principle of subsidiarity a reasonable response to critics.
England was long ago bonded into one jurisdiction by that ‘astute and miserly politician’, Henry VII wielding the deadly weapon of his Star Chamber (‘let no man put asunder’). Scotland always pulled against the parliamentary reigns of a union, which had left it with radically different legal system and separate traditions in policy making.
For me at least, James Blitz sums up the danger for the Tories in pushing their own Anglo centric approach to solving Tam Dalyell’s strangely enduring question.
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