posted on Jan, 27 2013 @ 08:16 AM
Wales, Scotland & Northern Ireland have their own devolved administrations deciding all manner of things for their populations, from free medical
prescriptions to reduced university tuition fees etc, all subsidied by English taxpayers.
Total public spending per head in Scotland last year was £10,212, compared to £8,588 in England, figures in the Treasury's annual Public
Expenditure Statistical Analyses show. The gap widened by 15.2 per cent in a year - from £1,409 to £1,624. In the South East of England, which is
responsible for a large share of tax revenues, public spending was just £7,533 per head. Although poorer than Scotland, Wales received £9,829 per
As the current situation stands, Wales, Scotland & NI enjoy these subsidised services plus an ability to alter their own domestic policies without any
interference by English Members of Parliament.
Welsh, Scottish & Northern Irish MP's in Westminster however retain the ability to vote on issues that solely affect England. This arrangement
appears to be a stain on the democratic running of the UK, specifically for citizens of England.
That said, should England now have it's own administration which is governed by the voters and MP's of England alone? I believe so.
For the record, I was born and raised in Wales, but I have lived longer in England, paying tens of thousands of pounds in taxes over the years which
have not been exclusively funding services in England.
If there is a vote in Parliament regarding funding of English services then I do not see how it can be equitable for Welsh, Scottish and Northern
Irish MP's to have any vote in such decisions. An English Parliament would seem to address this apparent disparity.