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The devolution discussion is currently dominated by party-political chicanery and vested interest. Most of the tinkering proposed by the major parties should be ignored and proper plans put in place for designing new options for governing the UK - or its constituent nations.  Governing a modern, stable polity is largely about collecting and re-distributing tax. In a rational, well-designed devolved regime, everyone can see that there is no magic money-tree and that the funding round is a...

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There's little point trying to codify a constitution for the ailing and logic-defying UK. We are on a journey towards the creation of independent republics of England, Scotland, and Wales (and an extension of the territory of the Republic of Ireland to include the whole of Ireland). There is no longer a commonly held view of how the UK should work - there are too many competing visions. No constitution can please most scots, most welsh, and most english most of the time. Let's put our...

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There is an urgent need to redress the balance in England's favour, following the absurd and rash "promises" made to Scotland in September. This can only be done via an English Parliament - but it would be ridiculous for there to be 650 MPs in the UK parliament plus even half that number again in an English Parliament. Meanwhile, the other nations would need to be protected against the English block-vote dominance, and would need direct representation within the cabinet. I therefore...

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I cannot abide cooked-up post-election deals such as the one in 2010 which brought us the current coalition. I start from a simple principle: the people's will should be reflected in the make-up of the government (cabinet). Cabinet posts should therefore be shared out in line with the popular vote. For as long as the UK remains, the UK cabinet should have places reserved for the first and deputy ministers of Scotland, Wales and NI. In the event that a first and deputy are from the same...

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  The devolution discussion is currently dominated by party-political chicanery and vested interest. Most of the tinkering proposed by the major parties should be ignored and proper plans put in place for designing new options for governing the UK - or its constituent nations.   Governing a modern, stable polity is largely about collecting and re-distributing tax. In a rational, well-designed devolved regime, everyone can see that there is no magic money-tree and that the funding round...

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It's wonderful to see so much debate about constitutional reform / renewal. It would be even better if more of it were guided by first principles rather than as too often by party-political interest or by single issues. I see very few fully formed proposals for a new-look UK.  I find it impossible to decide on a question such as "Do you agree with city regions?" or "do you agree that every city region should have an elected mayor?". They cannot be answered in isolation; the answer...

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Gareth Robson

London, United Kingdom

Joined this community on Feb 12, 2015

Bio University 26 years in IT systems development and management 6 years teaching (currently in my 6th year) Maths and Statistics

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Undergraduate degree

Should the UK have a written codified constitution?
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