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Will Cooling explains why nobody should listen to Tony Blair when he says we shouldn’t have a referendum on continued membership of the European Union.

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Much has been written about the backlash to David Cameron’s remarkably ill-advised intervention in the simmering debate about the precise nature of the referendum on Scottish Independence. Many have like Simon commented on the strange complacency that is present in the Unionist camp.¬† What has been less noticed is the remarkable amount of conservatism¬† in the debate. In what is a fundamentally a debate about constitutional reform, there was little consideration about ways that the Union could be renewed through constitutional reform. This could be best seen in the demented denunciation of “Devo Max” by Unionists due to the belief that its just a ruse adopted by an Alex Salmond in need of a consolation prize should the Scots (as is probable) reject independence.

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While it is amusing, if slightly ridiculous, to observe the craze that still surrounds the British Monarchy in England, I find the implications of the current constitutional settlement mind boggling. The Queen in Parliament as the font of all laws, the government doesn’t serve me ‘the citizen’ instead her Britannic Majesty, not to mention the virtually unregulated powers that are exercised by her Ministers, in her name. Ridiculous.

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