Scotland and England at breaking point
The English lion still isn't roaring, but it's stopped purring.
An exclusive YouGov opinion poll for The Sunday Times on English attitudes to Scotland today shows that 64% believe Scotland gets “more than its fair share” of public funding. At the onset of devolution 10 years ago, only 21% expressed a similar view.
In today’s poll almost a third that said it was unfair for UK taxpayers to bail out Scottish banks, such as Royal Bank of Scotland, which many blame for the depth of Britain’s recession. But the deepening malaise is about more than money. The YouGov poll found increasing resentment at Scottish MPs meddling in English affairs, with two-thirds of those surveyed saying that they should be banned from voting on matters that affect only England.
The YouGov poll, available here, asked "Would you be personally be happy or unhappy if Scotland one day became a fully independent country?" And over 50% of people in England weren't bothered.
|Would you be personally be happy or unhappy if Scotland one day became a fully independent country?||England||Scotland|
|I would be happy||18%||30%|
|I would be unhappy||26%||50%|
|I wouldn't be bothered one way or the other||51%||14%|
It must be polling like this that they have in mind when they say that devolution has strengthened the Union.
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A gentle reminder to Conservative MPs about the popularity of one of the measures on which they were elected.
...it has been suggested that when MPs at Westminster consider issues that affect only England, only English MPs (and not Scottish, Welsh or Nor