So today Scotland decided that it will stay part of the union and in all honesty I’m left with very mixed feelings.
See I grew up in Bradford, West Yorkshire and I still live there 9 months a year. For those of you who don’t know Bradford recently became the official most dangerous place to live in Britain. In the last 10 years the city has been plagued by rioting, racial tension and soaring crime rates and driving through it you can clearly see buildings in various states of decay and racially segregated semi-ghettos. 30 years ago in the famous miners strikes the working class people of Yorkshire were starved, beaten and sacked into subjugation by the Thatcher Government and the employment rates and economy in the region are still reeling. West Yorkshire has the 4th largest population of all English districts and Yorkshire as a whole (the four old ridings combined) has a population greater than Scotland and an economy twice that of Wales.
The reason I bring this up is that despite their huge potential and rich history as the manufacturing centres of Britain Yorkshire and the North East enjoy no real powers of self government or determination. Despite the economic slump and crisis here caused by Westminster no extra money is channelled here to rebuild the damage, in fact according to the deputy prime minister 95% of the regions taxes go straight to London and judging by the state of things not a lot of it comes back.
In turn the reason I bring this up is this; Scotland has both of these things. The Scottish Parliament allows the Scottish people extensive rights and abilities of self determination within Scotland and The Barnett Formula grants the Scottish people £1,600 a head more in public spending than the English people.
My question is simple. Why?
I am by no means saying the Scots don’t deserve these things, I’m saying if we can give them to Scotland isn’t it time that the neglected corners of England also get their fair share of the union’s gains?