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Loose ends

We need a stronger centre in Whitehall, checked by a more independent Westminster

By Robert Hazell   October 2000

Labour’s programme of constitutional reform has left plenty of gaps and loose ends which all the parties are probing as they prepare their election manifestos.

The biggest piece of unfinished devolution business lies in the English Question. England is the hole in the devolution settlement. The English Question is best broken down into a series of questions about English representation in our new quasi-federal system. Should there be an English parliament to match the Scottish parliament and the Welsh and Northern Ireland Assemblies? Should England instead be divided into eight or so regions, each with its own assembly, which in…

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