Friday, March 10, 2006

"A clear anomaly"

When Tony Blair's former flatmate Lord Falconer, the non-elected Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs, was interviewed about English devolution on Radio 4’s Today programme this morning he acknowledged that that there was "a clear anomaly" in the current constitutional settlement. However, he doesn't intend to do a damn thing about it. If you missed the interview - here are the highlights, set to a bit of music (mp3, 2.4MB, 3 minutes 17secs. Sorry about the size of the download - had to use a freebie file converter).

3 Comments:

Blogger Clematis Fraud said...

He could make a positive start by abolishing the regional assemblies, which have been up-and-running for nearly a decade now.

That would mean repealing part of the 1998 Regional Development Act; while the government is at it, it could abolish the Regional Development Agencies.

Oh, but it can't. The Act was drawn up in accordance with the Maastricht Treaty, which forced member states to identify discrete regions in order to qualify for European cash.

I guess the UK government will have to repeal part of the Maastricht Treaty and to do that it will need to force the Commission to write a Green Paper that all 25 member-states agree with; once this is agreed the necessary legislation can be put into law by the EU (provided it has the support of the majority of member states), and ratified by the European Parliament. Then the necessary change in UK domestic law can be effected.

Or we could just leave the 'EU'.

12:08 pm  
Blogger DFH said...

Or we could just leave the 'EU'

I choose that option, please.

5:18 pm  
Blogger Clematis Fraud said...

Seconded!

5:20 pm  

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