Ed Miliband – writing on The Guardian website – has declared that: “Devolution is for everyone. A no vote will change all of
The full statement can be found at:
Extracts include the following:
There can be no doubt that this referendum has changed
But it has not just changed Scotland;
it will change Britain,
because the thirst for democratic and economic change that has been heard from
the people of Scotland
will lead to change throughout Britain
after 18 September.
has led the way, but devolution is not a project just for Scotland.
Further devolution is coming to Wales,
example will lead the way in changing how we are governed in England
too. That is why we have proposed changing the way we are governed in England,
with extensive new devolution to local government from Cornwall
I have little faith in what will come out of the Labour Party and there are a couple of other points that I would like to say:
Firstly, when the Labour Government was in power, it refused to consider devolution for
It ignored the 50,000 individually-signed declarations for a
Cornish Assembly delivered to 10 Downing Street
in December 2001 and, instead, disgracefully chose to centralise local
government in Cornwall in the face
of 80% opposition.
And secondly, Milband’s "new" offer is about local government. A few additional powers for local government – which for the record is being destroyed by the
classes – is not enough. We should have more ambition for Cornwall
and that must mean a legislative Cornish Assembly.