Tuesday, 29 August 2017

To Corbyn Wales and Scotland are English Regions.

Despite recently campaigning  against Plaid in Arfon and the SNP in Scotland (rater than the Tories) I wonder how far Jeremy Corbyn even understands that Wales and Scotland are different  Nations and not regions of England as the below shows.

Corbyn said  would consider implementing a federal government structure if it won power in Westminster, Jeremy Corbyn has said.
The party's leader said his government would look at "all options around devolution" if he became Prime Minister and would look at handing more powers to English regions as well as Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Pressed on whether federalism was an option, he said: "Everything is on the table."
In its manifesto ahead of the snap General Election in June, Labour pledged to establish a constitutional convention to advise on reforming "the way Britain works at a fundamental level".
It said: "The convention will look at extending democracy locally, regionally and nationally, considering the option of a more federalised country."
This of course is not Corbyn coming out for Federalism  even a Federalism that regards Wales and Scotland as mere regions of England like the West Midlands.

Speaking on his tour in Scotland, the Labour leader said he wanted “genuine devolution” of powers from Westminster.

But he added that separating economic and legal structures would be “difficult”.

For a Senior politician not to realise Scotland already has a separate legal structure even before devolution is extrodinary

In a question and answer session in Edinburgh, Mr Corbyn had been asked whether Labour’s commitment to federalism could allow Scotland to reflect its strong Remain vote in the EU referendum.
He replied:

 “We are thinking very hard about what forms devolution would take in the future. Devolution in Scotland has gone a long way.“We are looking at the way we bring about genuine devolution and particularly economic devolution. Could you have a separate economic and legal system in different parts of the UK?“I think that becomes difficult and very problematic. I want a Labour government that is going to legislate better working conditions for everybody across the UK.” 

Joanna Cherry, the SNP’s justice spokeswoman and a QC, said the comments were “embarrassing and worrying”.

She added:
Odd that Corbyn thinks it "difficult & problematic" for Scotland to have a separate legal system given that we already have one đŸ˜– https://twitter.com/stvnews/status/901819122413068288 

Quite frankly I think this reflects Corbyn London Centric thinking as I doubt he has ever really considerd the role of devolution n the current "constitutional" set up.

His hard Brexit stance  makes him look like a "Socialism in one Country" politician  and he can't see a difference  between Britain and England.

To him Wales and Scotland only importance is providing Labour MPs as Lobby Fodder for the Westminster Party.

Can we have a Progressive Alliance  with him and Labour when he carries on if not even being hostile , indifferent to the claims of our nationhood?

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