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The UK post-election Tory government wants to push more decision-making powers onto English city mayors and their city or regional councils. Meanwhile the EU parliament takes more decision-making power away from Westminster each year. And the SNP will ensure Scotland gets greater devolution of decision making from Westminster in the future as well. Qu: After the EU referendum, if the UK stays in the EU club, will we then need a House of Commons at all? And if the need for the House of Commons reduces, how about abolishing the House of Lords at the same time?

On a related note, did the Tory’s ever look at creating a set of States and a ‘one House’ federal government, instead of devolving powers to the cities and regions.

Firstly the boundaries of the UK States/Cantons could be set to make them of roughly equal population size (based on an updated set of electoral boundaries). This will be more democratic than devolving powers to a set of city majors of areas of uneven population size.

Secondly, Britain could borrow the best of the Swiss system, with regular local referendums and a relatively weak federal, one house government. Since the population of each State would be a similar size to the current populations of Wales and Northern Ireland, a number of States could be created for London and about two for Scotland. All of the States could then provide per capita proportionate funding to run a federal government structure of modest size and budget to manage relationships with the EU and other countries on behalf of the UK States. Net result: the annual costs to run much of Westminster government (including the entire House of Lords) , all of the Welsh Assembly and all of the Scottish Parliament could be given to the NHS system.

That’s one referendum worth holding. My question: Would the overall cost of government be less and would democracy be strengthened by such a change?

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