it has wiped the smirk off Labour facesCouldn't have put it better myself Paul. Gordon Brown's got a new MP, innit funny? Wonderful example of our tired government failing.
The two posts on Northern Ireland have provoked some excellent, and thought provoking, comments, and I'm very glad I finally kicked that can of worms; been meaning to for awhile.
Lastly, Gareth and JohnJo have both linked to a study by noted academic Robert Hazell entitled "The England Question". I've got a full printout, and am reading it through. It does appear to address the issues thoroughly, and raises many of the concerns I myself have been voicing; it is rather dry and academic though, so not something I particularly wanted to read while walking the cliffs of Bude. NB, I have read a criticism of the Constitution Unit as being "Government Funded". Well, yes, it's part of University College London; all but one British University is largely government funded. It also does paid-for research. Govts don't always like the results of academic research they've paid for...
A full review will follow soon; not setting a deadline for myself though, I want to make sure I really understand it, and possibly check some of his sources. In the meantime, for anyone interested in devolution issues generally and English governance as a specific, I strongly recommend reading it.
Aside: Gareth also has some pictures of some gorgeous ice sculptures up, well worth a look.