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The great Victorian statesman, Benjamin Disraeli famously declared that “England is not governed by logic, but by Parliament”. It is perhaps surprising then that today’s Conservative party are pursuing ‘logical’ policies such as ‘English votes on English laws’, as a way of dealing with English governance. Gordon Brown has rightly rejected the policy, understanding that it is unworkable. Instead the new Prime Minister has tried to address the English Question by creating English regional ministers and select committees. This welcome move will give England a stronger voice in Westminster, but in itself is insufficient. Brown needs a further package of reforms which deal with the anomalies of devolution and improve the way England is governed by taking power away from the centre. By Guy Lodge and Katie Schmuecker, ippr Researchers.


By IPPR,UK.


Law and Order Policy Resource.