Voters are clear what they want Westminster to do—and not doby Peter Kellner / October 16, 2014 / Leave a comment
Published in November 2014 issue of Prospect Magazine
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England’s politicians are caught between a rock and a hard place. The fallout from Scotland’s referendum makes more urgent the need for a new settlement on who should decide laws and policies that affect only England. On the other hand, the complex and time-consuming process of arriving at such a settlement contains serious risks. Millions of voters may regard it as a self-indulgent distraction from the more vital tasks of reviving the economy, raising living standards and protecting our public services.
This month’s YouGov/Prospect survey explores the two big components of the “English question”: how strongly do English voters feel about stopping Scottish MPs from voting in parliament on issues that affect only England? And, within England, how big is the appetite of voters for decentralising power, so that decisions are taken closer to the people they affect?