Sunday, January 29, 2012
Six of the Best 220
The View from Creeting St Peter ponders the Twitter-fuelled resignation of Eirian Walsh Atkins as head of constitutional policy at the Cabinet Office.
"As a proud Englishman I feel outraged that Welsh and Scottish MPs can enforce laws on the people of England, whilst vice versa isn’t possible. I believe that an English Parliament is the only way ahead, allowing English people to vote for parliamentarians to make decisions that directly affect them; on health, on education and on economic development." Neil Woollcott makes a robust contribution to the debate on Scottish independence.
And Landon Thomas Jr, in the New York Times, offers another perspective on the future of the United Kingdom that is seldom heard: "This year Wales... is expected to receive about £14.6 billion, or $22.6 billion, from the central government. The money is used to cover what Wales cannot raise itself from taxes and borrowing. Most people do not think of Britain - home to many of Europe’s most outspoken eurosceptics - as having a monetary union. But it does, and these money transfers are the essence of what makes Britain’s common currency a success in knitting together a collection of regions and historically separate countries with different languages, cultures and economic profiles."
The case of Stephen Hester shows that bonuses are a reward for power, not performance, argues Stumbling and Mumbling.
Progressive Transport.believes that cars kill cities.
The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer was released during the autumn of 1970, yet this political satire has many contemporary resonances says Steven Fielding.