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The Duel: Should Scottish MPs be able to vote on English matters?

The “West Lothian question,” first posed in 1977, asks why Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish MPs have the right to vote at Westminster on matters which affect only England. Recent promises of further devolution have brought calls for “English votes for English laws.”

Neal Ascherson (yes, left) and Charlotte Leslie (no, right). © Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert/Getty images

Should Scottish MPs be able to vote on English matters?


Neal Ascherson—Scottish journalist and author

English votes for English laws” is a stone thrown into a murky pond. In itself, the stone is small, without much substance. What matters is the splash, the waves, and the ugly creatures brought for a moment to…

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