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Act of Union

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 7th November 2006.

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Photo of Ian Austin Ian Austin Labour, Dudley North 2:30 pm, 7th November 2006

Would not next year's anniversary be a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our Britishness and the shared values of democracy, equality, freedom, fairness and tolerance that bind this united country together? Given that people from all parts of the United Kingdom have worked and fought together for centuries, would not the anniversary be a great opportunity to reject once and for all divisive, anti-British and unpatriotic proposals to ban some MPs from voting in the House, which would tear up the British constitution and lead—

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Alan Lenton
Posted on 8 Nov 2006 5:36 pm (Report this annotation)

No, actually, it is a time for democracy in England, and you know what that is? It's asking the people of England the same question asked of the Scots. Do you want your own parliament. Not rocket science is it?

Mark Bestford
Posted on 8 Nov 2006 6:39 pm (Report this annotation)

anti-British? Try anti-English, with English MPs being told what to do by Scottish MPs, with laws being forced on England by Scottish MPs that they stop being passed in Scotland. With students in England forced to pay for their education, unlike Scottish students. How much more do you want? It's time that English only laws were decided by English only votes. If that means an English Parliament or Assembly then so be it. Why is it anti-British for the English to demand the same level of respect and equality that Scotland and Wales have been given? The West Lothian question MUST be resolved or the alternative WILL be the break up of the Union.