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Does anyone know if this questioned was 'answered' and resolved? If so, what was the outcome? I'm rubbish at googling :(
scotland wants their cake and they want to eat it
devolution is stupid anyway
the welsh assembly's just a total fucking joke
I hope everyone likes the fact that I am taking this whole thing really seriously.
There is blatantly a Scottish conspiracy behind our political system. Where do they all come from? Apart from Scotland.
Stop devolving things!
we're just wondering why you've got your own one.
why should politicians who have never been south of glasgow be responsible for english and welsh issues?
and therrrrrrrrrre's the hypocrisy.
can you imagine the hissy fit scottish people would throw if that happened? it would be ridiculous.
count the scottish politicians in parliament and then get back to me. it's a very significant proportion.
What the world needs is less countries, not more. I have now realised that I seriously do support the idea of a world government.
from England, i believe.
I don't think scotland could cope without the financial support westminster providesl.
world government is a silly idea, the differences in culture account for a lot in the way a goverment runs a country, obviously. Think about the way laws are enforced in middle eastern countries compared to the UK, you could never get a balance to suit everyone with that many people. It would just be chaos.
You're right, it would gain the financial support of Europe, i hadn't thought about that. I just think we've been relying on Westminster for too long to cut ourselves off completely. Besides, i don't really see what advantages having total Scottish independence would be.
and you're right, i do have doubts about the ability of the Scottish goverment to improve the country.
I just see it a bit like a teenager leaving home i suppose.
But yes, considering that at the moment we're just an extention of England it probably would be very advantageous to be in control of our own affairs and have better National identity.
Hm, undecided i think. We'll see what the general public think if/when the time comes.
noone told me :(
am i being thrown out because of englsih family?
but yes, you're being thrown out anyway
*points to england*
go away :P
and so you cunts cant try out all your rubbish ideas like the poll tax on us first.
oh wait you spongers don't pay for that. the english taxpayer funds the scottish study, where's the justice in that.
and then we voted for not having them. as a priority of what it was worth spending money on.
although actually we kind of do have tuition fees in the form of £2000 that is added to our loan when we leave higher education.
Also, the loans we get from the awards agency are more tightly means-tested since the "abolition" of tuition fees.
I really didn't know. so why do scottish and irish unis market themselves on lack of tuition fees? I don't think my mate who went edinburgh had to pay...
you get some nice gigs up there too.
but......edinburgh > glasgow, for the record :D
It only looks nice.
Well. The vast majority of Scottish MPs are actually Labour - which is one of the reasons this question has become relevant again since last year's election (not to mention the shock-horror notion of a Scottish PM).
I don't think it's fair the way the system works now, especially if the government are now heavily dependent on the Scottish votes to get English legislation through. I'd be pretty annoyed in fact if I were you.
But I think it'll still be a few years before there's decent progress on the West Lothian question. Reducing the number of Scottish seats perhaps helped a little but certainly more compromise on voting needs to be worked out. the simple fact is though, if Scottish MPs were to be banned from voting on purely English issues, a lot of legislation could just fall through at the moment, so it's not really in the interests of the government to sort it out properly.
Also, I sincerely doubt that most people here really want a fully independent Scotland. I think most people can understand that devolution has been really good for the country, but I also think they realise that the parliament has a long way to go in establishing itself before we can think about taking any more steps in that direction. I'm not really for full independence, it seems like a bit of a pipe dream and not a particularly well thought out one.
re tuition fees - what Scottish students have to pay back is a "graduate endowment" of £2000 after they finish their course - nothing like as much as English tuition fees. They also, after earning a certain amount, have to pay back the loans that they got as students. But not the fees that were paid for them.