Deal with the fundamentals too: what power lies where?

It won't do just to look at things like voting systems, important though these are; we need to deal with the fundamentals about what power lies where. People won't re-engage unless this is sorted out. We need a constitutional convention to find the answers, and fast. What has to be done centrally? How can we re-invigorate or reinvent local government? What should devolution really comprise? What should the balance of central and local taxation be? And beyond that - and on a longer timetable - what about a written constitution [not least to help prevent the Tories from fiddling the system on the scale they are trying now].


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  • tagged this with love 2016-07-30 20:47:32 +0100
  • commented 2016-04-03 20:19:24 +0100
    I agree about devolution. It’s the only way to reinvigorate local government, which is a critical issue. Devolution is a very difficult matter but is resolvable. Other countries have more or less federal structures that work. It can work here too.
  • commented 2016-04-03 15:48:07 +0100
    Devolution should be at the heart of Labour’s thinking for 2020, alongside re-imagining the type of ‘monopoly’ economy we currently have which is both unjust and unsustainable.
  • tagged this with love 2016-04-03 15:48:05 +0100
  • commented 2016-04-02 12:45:20 +0100
    A convention is badly needed. There are numerous effective models to draw on, such as the Irish constitutional convention. Choosing the right model is important.

    Even more important though, is choosing the right questions to consider. Very few features of our current constitution would be chosen if we were to start from scratch. It’s important that any effort to fix and modernise our constitution be given the chance to do that.
  • tagged this with like 2016-04-02 12:45:19 +0100
  • tagged this with love 2016-04-02 12:45:19 +0100
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