"The Prime Minister is getting bogged down in a farcical debate on “English Votes for English Laws”by Carwyn Jones / October 24, 2014 / Leave a comment
The debate on the constitution of the UK was once the preserve of geeks, anoraks and wonks. Now, energised by events in Scotland, it seems vital. Radical change is on the way and all political parties are rethinking their approach to the UK question. When I spoke about the need for a “New UK” in Cardiff after the Scottish referendum, Sky News were there to do a live brodcast. When I spoke to the Institute for Government on these issues earlier this month, there were media there from across the globe. The constitutional debate is now alive, and to ignore it would be catastrophic for the future of the Union.
After the Scottish vote, we are faced with a fundamental question, which the mainstream parties will be judged on in the years to come: can we meet the challenge of reforming the Union? Or will we do the minimum necessary to honour the pledges given to Scotland and hope the problem goes away. The latter approach would simply repeat the mistakes of the past and reinforce the notion that Westminster simply “doesn’t get” devolution.