The thing is, you can have a proper English Parliament and at the same time give more powers to city councils.
But it's going to be important that people speak up on this issue and not allow those with vested interests (like John Redwood's plans for Westminster) to stitch things up in their own favour. If you want an English version of Holyrood then you're going to have to campaign for it.
I agree. It is one way or another. English only issues in Parliament shows the inconsistancey of not having regional power. Certainly, it would not be popular, but a combined Manchester and Liverpool would be far better off.