3 thoughts on “On regulation and centralisation, the UK’s record is no better than the EU’s”

  1. Posted 27/02/2019 at 21:22 | Permalink

    It would also create tax competition between areas. Wales or NI could lower their corporate taxes to attrach businesses or possibly lower death duties to attract retirees. Both the US and Australia have states that have done so.

  2. Posted 01/03/2019 at 07:04 | Permalink

    Totally agree with this, it single handedly deals. With the SNPs nationalist tub thumping, creates a dynamic competition between regions in the UK, where best practise can be demonstrated and copied, and allows for focus on underdeveloped regions which could thrive with the right freedoms to reform. Would there be losers? Temporarily perhaps – no doubt Scotland would trial socialist policies until it was obvious they don’t work, as we’ve seen on a lesser scale recently where voters are getting fed up with seeing Scottish Education falling further and further behind England and Wales. But that in itself would educate voters through trial and error and make policy more dynamic as a result.

    For a short 24 hours after the results of the independence referendum I actually thought we might persue a FUK, or Federal UK – might have to do something about that – when Gove was openly suggesting it and the Lib Dems suggested it as policy. But it was panic at how close they had come to losing, and less than 24 Hrs later we heard no more about it. It’s a great idea. A revolutionary new party should make it policy front and centre.

  3. Posted 06/03/2019 at 20:15 | Permalink

    In Switzerland, cantons and municipalities are responsible for governing police, culture, health, infrastructure, transport, education, natural resources, citizenship, and more. They raise their own taxes and spend their own money. The least populous Swiss canton has about 15,000 residents – less than half the population of its English counterpart, Rutland – yet it still manages to maintain a functioning parliament of its own.

    In short, there’s no reason why significant powers couldn’t and shouldn’t be devolved to county level in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

    Just a few provisos:
    – No stripping anyone of their fundamental rights and liberties
    – No artificial policy barriers to block outsiders from moving into the county, or deny newcomers any county-level government benefits or tax advantages (as long as the applicant now resides in the county and meets the eligibility requirements)
    – No more Barnett formula, regional, or local government funding from Westminster, courtesy of the UK taxpayer

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