Tory MPs have had their spirits boosted by the arrival of 56 Scottish nationalist MPs in the Westminster Parliament. Little wonder that their mood was raised by the SNP presence. Without the SNP’s help, they would be sitting on the opposition benches and Mr Cameron would continue to take a battering from Ed Miliband across the despatch box.
In order to get his party elected, the Prime Minister took an enormous risk with the future of the United Kingdom. His campaign adviser Lynton Crosby built Nicola Sturgeon into a bogey to frighten English voters into the arms of the Tory party. That paid off short term, but it gave nationalists in Scotland and England just what they wanted. The Scottish National Party can now say that the Scots didn’t vote for the Tories, but they have to suffer Tory policies, while the English Democrats (the foremost English nationalist party) can blame everything on the Scots. David Cameron has brought about a rift between England and Scotland which he will find difficult to heal.
An English male will now have to wait until his 66th birthday before he can have a bus pass, the English have to pay for their prescriptions, £27,000 to go to university, and have to pay to park at a hospital. That shows how the English are discriminated against by the British government. But it is not because the government is British, that these things are the case, but because of the nature of the government.
The governments of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have different priorities.
Despite the bias against the English majority, everyone needs to think very carefully before advocating English Votes for English Laws (EVEL). That can have only one outcome, which is the end of the United Kingdom.
As time goes by, it will become ever clearer that the only way to save the UK as a country is for it to become a British federation, including a devolved North, with a Northern parliament. A federation with one member having 84 per cent of the population would be inherently unstable.
Given its anti-Tory majority, something Conservative MPs should welcome is that the House of Lords at Westminster would be swept away and replaced by the Federal Parliament.
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