Letters: Blair's concessions to nationalists gave rise to today’s divided Britain

Britain's Prime Minister Tony Blair gestures during his speech at a Scottish Labour Party campaign
Credit: David Moir/Reuters

SIR – It is now becoming clear just how disastrously misconceived and destructive the UK devolution process has been, in particular Tony Blair’s policy to provide for a Scottish parliament for reasons which, in retrospect, look increasingly like electoral expediency.

Far from choking off the emerging electoral support for Scottish nationalism and shoring up the Labour vote, the decision to offer Scots a heady mix of far greater political autonomy, the continued ability to interfere in English politics through the West Lothian anomaly, and a preferential financial settlement, with no commensurate fiscal liabilities and responsibilities, has had the opposite effect. It has resulted in Scotland running up an annual £16  billion deficit which the rest of the UK has to bankroll, while the Barnett formula continues to confer a greater per-capita public spend on Scots than on any other UK region....


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