The United Kingdom – a thorough review needed. 19th September 2014
A thorough review of the United Kingdom, not a piecemeal approach”
is what is required following the result of the Scottish Referendum, says North
Thanet`s MP Sir Roger Gale.
Speaking in Thanet this morning the MP said:
First, I welcome the fact that the Scots have rejected the
separatists` cause. The break up of the United Kingdom would have had
disastrous consequences for Scotland and for the rest of the Union.
I am, though, concerned that we appear to be about to rush
into legislation to honour commitments given on the hoof and without
consultation with parliament during the campaign while leaving Wales, Northern
Ireland and most particularly England trailing in Scotland`s Home Rule” wake.
I have long advocated the abolition of the House of Lords
and of the House of Commons and their replacement with four national
parliaments, under First Ministers, dealing with all parochial issues and
national taxation, together with a United Kingdom Senate (elected on a two
member per UK County basis) under a Prime Minister that would deal with
Defence, Foreign Policy and macro-taxation and which would perpetuate and
maintain the Union. The Monarch would, under these terms, remain the Head of
I am pleased that the Prime Minister, in his Downing Street
statement this morning, has recognised the importance of addressing English
concerns but very worried that a piecemeal approach to the reform of the
constitution will once again lead to a dog`s breakfast of legislation that will
prove costly and divisive while not solving the underlying issues of governance
that have emerged, not just in Scotland but in the rest of the UK.
Westminster should by now have received a loud and clear
message that root-and-branch reform is long overdue. We have the opportunity,
arising from the result of the referendum, to get to grips with the whole issue
and we should seize that opportunity.”