Baroness Kennedy: Preventing a referendum on an English Parliament was a good decision
Scotland's Baroness Kennedy congratulates the Power2010 participants from the House of Lords.
The results were extraordinary. They showed us that when people are given good information they make sensible, well informed decisions...
The people were dissuaded from an English Parliament. They were not happy about that idea. When it was pointed out that Scotland has a population of only 5 million, Ireland only one point whatever million and Wales three point something million, that England would be a huge part of the federal system with more than 40 million people and that that would be unworkable, they started to retreat from such a possibility because of their concern about the risk to the union.
Yes, when people are given 'good information' by constitutional experts chosen by Power2010 they retreat from what it is they want in the face of unsubstantiated doom-mongering about the break-up of Britain.
You can however vote to ban Helena Kennedy's countrymen from voting on matters that are none of their business, which will probably have a more adverse affect on the Union and our sense of Britishness than an English parliament, whilst offering none of the benefits.
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The following is a partial transcript of Radio Four's Beyond Westminster programme, broadcast 16th Apr 2011.
Richard Wyn Jones: The elephant on the doorstep is the fact that the UK Government for many areas of domestic policy is now the English governmen