Vaunting the intention to shift the powers of the Crown from the prime minister to the Executive and even to Parliament is an empty gesture. In the last 10 years we have watched a power shift from adversarial electoral democracy to party hegemony over all political process and many ostensibly non-political institutions.
No-one has elected the member of parliament for a Scottish constituency to the office of Prime Minister of the United Kingdom; and in this interregnum between the exit of an elected prime minister (and yes we do elect our prime ministers, since the complete installation of the whipped party system post 1945 ) and another general election, we see this foreign leader of the governing party installing his power base, the Labour party, in permanent control of our country.
England divided into nine regions determined more than anything by their lack of historical, or cultural, or economic homogeneity now has not just nine appointed regional councils, but nine appointed Labour party ministers for them to answer to; and for all nine a Labour party appointed nomenklatura determines the disposal of tax-sourced expenditures, controlling development, employment opportunities, access to all and any state resources, and grossly affecting the deployment of non-state, private activity.
And where is the English Parliament? Not needed, there are regional councils, regional ministers, committees of specialist skills to deal with England ; the Union must not be undermined.
The Union is already gone. Scotland has voted out the Labour party when it had the chance and while there was still time. There is a perfect model for what Scotland's relations with the rest of the once United Kingdom are, indeed it was used in drafting the 'concordats' between the two governments in Edinburgh and in London (although Labour never thought to lose Scotland and their coming into effective use, as they have done ), the model is the relations between former colonial territories and Westminster; and, even more powerful in its imagery, the Two Crowns relationship of Scotland to England that subsisted for more than a century before Scotland's subjugation.
Wales nearly made it out, but was betrayed by the Liberal Democrat party - that excuse for Labour -with -a - conscience that besmirches the word liberal.
Ireland? Ulster has its own agenda and, apart from the cash from Westminster, is properly thankless in its pursuit of what is its interest.
The European Union is not the root of all evil. The draining of our control or even influence over our own lives is not coming from there. But our membership of that Union is so conditioned by the Labour party that what it has to offer is denied us, and what it consists in otherwise, damages our individual interests severely. In the last ten Labour years it was centrally Labour policy to gain admission to the European Union for the former socialist states of the east and centre of Europe. Only the UK has not limited migration here from those states.
It is well known that neophytes are usually the strictest fundamentalists and the embrace of hyper liberal economic and social policies by these socialist 'transition' states was far stronger than ever practised in the rest of the European Union - the European social model is alive and well throughout the Union other than in the 'transition' states, even if it takes different continental, mediterranean and nordic guises; and the United Kingdom is easily recognised as a fully paid up member of the continental european social model (no matter what garbage the Labour party may spout, check the bottom lines).
If hyper-liberalism is shock -practised by a member-state, its people, used to over half a century of the highest redistributive, social wage societies in Europe, will migrate to the nearest eqivalent - us. Three quarters of a million so far and rising; massive exports of wealth back to parent countries (after all, social housing, free health care, education, no road tolls, welfare cash in all its shapes and forms for all the generations of the incoming family, it's like a time machine that frees up so much cash for personal use).
England's taxpayers are not just supporting services in Scotland, Wales and the north of Ireland - Poland, the Czech Republic, Rumania, Bulgaria and, to a lesser extent, the Baltic states, and the partakers of the mediterranean social model (which concentrates welfare accurately on the old and the sick and educating the young), Italy, Greece , Cyprus, Malta etc., are grateful for our support and the provision of what they have abolished or never provided. Not for nothing is Labour a fully paid up member of the Socialist international.
It is folly, and Labour propaganda, to think we can alter or deter the European Union's plans for a federal state. Already the core of Europe is shedding those who do not want this, and we are finding ourselves with their nationals but losing benefits that accrue to the real Europeans.
Labour's boast that we are at the heart of Europe is covering the horrible truth that we are the sump for Europe's failed socialist states. Just as they emerge from the nightmare of socialist Party authoritarian rule, we enter it. Power now is administered and allocated within the Labour party, not within the institutions and constitution of the country . The constitutional proposed reforms are a sham that belongs to a political system there is no intention of using further.
Wherever and whenever the chance occurs to vote, those who vote Labour or for their satraps, or who disdain to vote for the Conservative coalition because they want a local grammar school or free musem entrance, are fiddling while Rome burns.
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