5 July 2011

A poll in June 2011 by ComRes for the BBC shows that 36 percent of adults in England support England becoming a “fully independent country with its own government, separate from the rest of the UK” (see table 4 of the poll). 57 percent opposed this.

I don’t suppose this unintended consequence even flickered across the minds of the Labour devolvers. Labour seems to have thought that devolution was a static event; it isn’t, it’s a dynamic process as the party is learning painfully. The guns of the Scottish Nationalist party have not been spiked and there is growing dissatisfaction in England where many seem to think the country has drawn the short straw of the UK financial and parliamentary arrangements. None of the three main UK parties has yet worked out a convincing response to England.