Posts Tagged ‘Devolution’

Conservative Conference so far!

September 29, 2008

Arrived yesterday.  Pleasant drive to Birmingham, except all the [necessary] diversions around Broad street.

There was a change of agenda on the first day and we got to listen to a speech from David Cameron, plus some discussions between George Osborne and a range of people impacted by the current economic crisis.

I went to my first fringe meeting last night and it was about the future of Scotland and the Union.  A majority of people present – unlike those on the panel – clearly wished that we could go back to the post Scotland Act settlement.

Not been to anything yet today but I did hear that the Theresa Villiers has announced that there will be no third runway during a Conservative tenure in Government.  Not read the detail yet but my only concern would be if the party claims that there is no economic argument in favour of expansion.

Will update later – there are only 5 internet terminals here and there is a big line behind me.

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Scots follow Welsh on Prescription Charges. Scottish Tories follow SNP on budget.

February 11, 2008

I do not expect that the injustices caused by devolution will come up too regularly on the doorstep in Feltham and Heston.  However, I thought that an article in the Scotsman is well worth a read.  I remember Mr Forsyth being as opposed to devolution as me.

We have heard much about the Democratic Deficit caused by devolution.  This news raises the problem of the Economic Deficit.

I remember when free prescription charges were introduced in the Principality, I was equally concerned.  Notwithstanding my disagreement with such a universal benefit anywhere in the UK, this will clearly cause more English people to complain, especially when other parts of the United Kingdom are more dependent on UK public expenditure.  One of the best speeches I recall on this matter was not from a fellow Conservative, but the former brilliant Labour MP for Llanelli, Denzil Davies.

Back to Mr Forsyth, any chance we can do what all the King’s Horses and King’s men could not do and that is “put Humpty Dumpty back together again”?