May 4th, 2015

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Why Labour are suddenly interested in Constitutional Reform

It occurs to me that the very first thing that any future Conservative government* will do is pass English Votes for English Laws.

And that once that happens, Labour will have much more difficulty passing legislation that affects only England**.

And that therefore it's in Labour's interests to try and deal with that itself, rather than letting the Conservatives do it their own way.

And that the way to do so that gives them the most leeway in the long run is some kind of devolution to regional assemblies, so that (at the least) Labour held areas will have control over their parts of the NHS, some taxes, etc.

And that _this_ is why Labour have said that there will be a constitutional convention. Because the alternative will leave them completely buggered.

I just feel a bit silly for not having realised this sooner.

*There will almost certainly be be one a some point. Betting against this would be foolhardy.
**Not all the time, certainly - they'd have had no issues after 1997 or 2001. But this time around they'd be in serious trouble.




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