Constitutional reform is important. If Scotland can have its own Parliament and make its own laws then there can be no justification for Scottish Members of the UK Parliament being able to vote on laws that affect England, Wales or Northern Ireland exclusively. It is a simple point of principle that is easy to understand.
The easy solution to this has already been suggested; establish a convention under which, when in Parliament at Westminster, Scottish MPs would refrain from voting on any legal measures in respect of which legislative authority has been devolved to other bodies. That solution requires no legislation, no grand constitutional conference and no tax payers’ extra money. Occam and his razor would endorse the solution, even if it means that one political party has to suffer a haircut.
The opposition to such a convention comes from the Labour Party, who claims that there is something wrong about introducing it, although what is wrong with the principle the Labour leaders have failed to explain. In fact the reason that the Labour Party opposes such a simple convention operating is quite obvious. Such a convention would reduce the power of the Labour Party at Westminster over English affairs, because deprived of Scottish MPs votes, the Labour Party would not be in a position to challenge legislation purely affecting English affairs. In other words Labour would lose power if a more democratic system were to be introduced.
The alternative offered by the Labour Party is more devolution in England, after no doubt a series of expensive and time consuming delays. For some reason they consider this fair proposal to be unconsidered and partisan.
I have no allegiance to any political parties, but I do have regard for democracy. The present arrangements run counter to democracy and favour one political party in a way that cannot be justified. The true test of the democratic process is whether the democratic model adopted is fair. What is adopted at present is painstakingly unfair.
The West Lothian question was answered when the Scottish parliament was brought into being. It is one thing to answer a question by providing a solution, and quite another thing to adopt that solution, even if the solution is cost free and simple.