The devolution bandwagon reaches Berwick


For those of us who enjoy the more whimsical side of devolution, it’s a treat to hear that the good folk of Berwick are apparently considering rejoining Scotland. This, I assume, has a lot to do with the popular policies being implemented by the Edinburgh administration but rejected by New Labour in London. And why not? Perhaps this will start a trend, and we’ll see the revival of the Lost Lands League in the Welsh Marches.

On a more serious note, can anyone at Westminster explain why you can have referenda to establish, say, an executive mayor for Hartlepool, but the people of Cornwall still aren’t getting a vote on a properly devolved Senedh Kernow? I know the supine Lib Dems who run the county council are trying to fob off the people with “unitary authority” status, in contravention of their own manifesto, but since when has their opinion mattered?


  1. andy newman said,

    February 19, 2008 at 11:43 am

    Unitary status for Cornwall is a serious threat to democracy, and is scandallously being promoted by the Lib Dem MPs, in defiance of the wishes of the local authorities in the county.

    Ido find it tedious when people who live in England’s big metropolitan areas regard the Lib Dems as a party that can be socially to the left of Labour, without any recognition of the fact that the Lib Dems are also a firmly right wing regional party in the West Country, and in much of our region the Tories are to the left of them (indeed one Tory councillor in Cornwall is a member of the IWW)

    It is an interesting question, and Mebyon Kernow are in some ways a very interesting and effective political party.

  2. Redking said,

    February 19, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    What? a Tory councillor a member of the Wobblies??

    One Big Union and industrial sabotage etc etc, -the mind boggles, but then again these are David’s New Conservatives…

  3. Ed Hayes said,

    February 19, 2008 at 5:28 pm

    The IWW? I dreamed I saw Joe Hill last night…etc?

  4. February 20, 2008 at 1:33 am

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  5. charliemarks said,

    February 20, 2008 at 3:32 am

    Tory Wobbly? Is he as confused as a *ahem” certain councillor and current member of a revolutionary socialist party who has joined the Tories…

    And as for devolution, what about England?

    As it stands, the UK government can impose unpopular neoliberal policies on England using the votes MPs whose constituents won’t be affected – the case in point being tuition fees…

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