Monday, July 10, 2006

Labour to hand control of English river to Scottish Parliament

As an administrative tidying up exercise you understand (Scotsman 4th Jul 06) .... Maybe we can expect the status of Berwick-upon-Tweed to come up for discussion soon. Its a geographically important point that gives England coverage of a lot of the North Sea. See this letter to the Scotsman if you don't believe me...

Labour seem to favour their Celtic strong hold over English interests. Even Alan Beith ( the Lib Dem MP for Berwick-upon-Tweed, a Scotsman - but rightly looking after the interests of his English constituents - is protesting. )

Mr Beith has said: "It makes good sense to have one system of management for the Tweed and its tributaries, with Scottish Ministers taking the lead responsibility.
"But I find it constitutionally objectionable to leave Scotland's parliament in sole control of laws which apply in England."
"Prior to the enactment of the Tweed Order, changes in subordinate legislation were subject to annulment by MPs at Westminster."
"In the future, a fisherman on the River Tweed or the River Till in England could be prosecuted for an offence under a statutory instrument made by a parliament in which he has no representation."

He's got a good point ...

1 comment:

The Daily Pundit said...

Let's just build a great big wall and get it over with.