The action of the three (or was it four?) Brit party leaders [plus Labour Party MPs en masse] visiting Scotland during the final phase of the Scotland Referendum was not only dishonourable but gross interference!
It was dishonourable because they used their positions to publicy convey opinions, opportunity they denied the people of England (and Wales, and Northern Ireland)!
It was gross interference because they significantly changed the circumstances in which the ballot was being conducted and effected that change during the period of the campaign and after hundreds of thousands of voters had already cast their votes.
Worse . . . those parliamentarians acted undemocratically: they made commitments for which they had no mandate from Britain’s electors nor authority from their parliamentary colleagues.
Cameron as British Prime Minister must take most blame for such shabby, undignified and unwise action. Already doubts have arisen that those parliamentarians will be unable to meet their unauthorised, commitments ~ commitments borne not out of a sense of fairness, equality and desire to facilitate proper self-determination, but commitments borne out of sordid attempts to gain party advantage.
Already, there have been consequences in the form of disturbances in the centre of Glasgow City one of Scotland’s largest communities with a majority wishing to secede from the UK.
Already the debate about England’s constitutional position has descended into unseemly confusion, much of which has (in this writer’s opinion) been deliberately created by too many who live in England, who do not identify with us English but who wish to conceal that. There are inappropriate references to “English MPs” not only by non-English politicians and other commentators, but also by BBC presenters who really ought to know better!
Michael Fallon MP for Sevenoaks and Defence Secretary, is NOT an English MP
It is not only improper for the likes of Michael Gove and Malcolm Rifkind and Liam Fox and Stephen Williams and Michael Fallon (as but five of many examples) to refer to themselves or be referred to as “English MPs”; they are MPs representing England Constituencies or, to be more concise, “England MPs”! I believe that this deliberate ambiguity is created to deceive voters in England and is dishonourable!
Stephen Williams MP for Bristol West, is NOT an English MP!
The honesty and integrity [not excluding intentions] of MPs who contrive to get elected in England by reason of being British but who do not regard themselves as having English national identity must be seriously questioned. There is copious evidence that such MPs invariably put the interests of their chosen national identity before that of England and the English, one need look no further than Tony Blair for evidence of that. In common parlance, they are carpetbaggers!
Michael Gove MP for Surrey Heath, is NOT an English MP!
Not only is the honesty and integrity of MPs called into question, but that of BBC operatives! In addition to frequently referring to “English MPs” thereby implying that most if not all MPs from England’s Constituencies are English, the BBC mounts discussion after discussion in which the participants not only fail to declare their chosen national identity and thus their particular interest in the matter under discussion, but the BBC minimises (if it does not omit) any true representation of English opinion.
No wonder voters are increasingly repelled by politicians and their untruths!