Iain Dale makes a valid point about David Cameron’s so-called “West Lothian answer” announced today. This is essentially a dog’s breakfast of proposed reforms that prevent Scottish MPs from voting in certain circumstances but not others.
The late Eric Forth – someone with whom I rarely agreed but who was nevertheless A Good Egg – was an unapologetic supporter of an English Parliament along the Scottish model.
Now, I’ve seen little evidence of much support for this approach among the English public, but I’m sure if Eric were still with us he would be challenging Dave to follow his logic to its logical conclusion and propose a separate English Parliament. But Dave won’t, because not only do the vast majority of the English not want it, neither do the parliamentary Conservative Party.
Dave’s announcement today is as much about trying to find a compromise within his own party as it is about finding a compromise within the UK constitution.