Most readers of this Blog will be familiar West Lothian Question – named after the constituency whose MP, Tam Dalyell, first raised the problem in 1977 of Members influencing legislation which did not affect their electorate which was used against the devolution referendum of 1979 and still emerges from time to time as English MPs rightly point out that Welsh and Scottish Mps (Though Northern Ireland MP's are seldom included in this debate) can vote on matters that solely affect England.
Welsh Secretary Cheryl Gillan said a commission examining whether MPs should be stopped from having a say on issues which do not affect their constituents would be set up later this year.
This at first glance seems fair and in the absence of devolved power to English regions or to establish an English Parliament seems reasonable; But it will not solve the actual problem and could result in a worse situation
For Christmas my sister give me a T Shirt with "I support two teams Wales and whoever England are playing." She gave a similar one to a Scottish friend of ours. None of us are Anti-English but we are all exasperated with the media failure to see that England are not the only team in these Islands and that we other national sides should be treated as equals when it comes to reporting.
This will be the problem if the House of Commons becomes effectively an English Parliament as well as an UK one with them running both in tandem perhaps declaring a colour code system where say English proposals are called Red papers instead of Green and only English MPs (What about the second Chamber?) can vote on it.
But just as with Sport the media who already have a huge problem with reporting on such issues will naturally fail to distinguish between "English" Law making and UK wide policies.
It will further mean as (already happens but more so) UK General Elections being fought almost completely on English Policies such as the Health and Education.and there will be no attempt to distinguish the differnce between the devolved powers. There will be chance of English people to have an election solely on English laws so they will be frustrated.
Some might argue that we who called for devolution for Wales and Scotland (again Northern Ireland will not be mentioned) are responsible for this But the responsibility lies in England .
There could be an English Parliament or devolved powers to the regions with a specfic understanding of the position of Cornwall and the creation of a new type of Parliament based on a federal structure as I've argued in a previous blog here
So the West Lothian Question is now an English Question which the English must resolve themselves perhaps the difference of emphasis between a overwhelming left of centre Welsh Assembly and Scottish Parliament and a dogmatic right of centre ConLib government in Westminster may increase a campaign amongst some Labour members for devolved power to the English regions, but I can't see any of the Westminster Tories going for this and the silence from the LIb-Dems formally the most pro devolutionist of the London parties seems deafeningly quiet.