Interesting to hear some political reactions today to the Scottish vote, and in particular what will now happen to England.
David Cameron has said that Scottish MPs will not be able to vote on English matters, and he is setting up a Cabinet sub-committee chaired by William Haigh to sort it out. He wants to introduce legislation by January.
That seems to me to be absolutely crazy. He should have learned from the Scottish experience that any further changes need to be planned and thought through after a wide consultation process.
On the Radio 4 Today programme Nigel Farage suggested that we should have a constitutional convention to determine the future structure of government within the four nations of the United Kingdom, with everybody having the right to make representations. He is writing to Scottish MPs to ask them not to vote at Westminster on English matters.
On the same programme Labour's Douglas Alexander criticised the idea that Scottish MPs should be so restricted.
I agree with Farage that there should be a convention, but I also agree with Alexander that we shouldn't have separate categories of MP at Westminster.
I would prefer to see a separate English Parliament on the Scottish model with an English First Minister, and with a UK parliament with vastly reduced numbers dealing with UK issues.
My fear is that Haigh will recommend regional councils that no one will actually want, as the Geordies proved a few years ago.