I know and like Ian Lucas (Labour MP for Wrexham), he is is a man I have a good deal of time for - he is thoughtful, decent, hardworking and above all, an honest politician. The latest edition of the Fabian Review contains an interesting article written by Ian on why devolution for England could help save the United Kingdom - it is worth a read.
In all honesty I have long been sceptical about any further devolution of powers away from Westminster but Ian offers some sensible and pragmatic reasons as to why establishing devolved government (particularly at a regional level) will help improve the quality of life for the people of the UK. Ian argues that it is no surprise that economic success has coincided with devolution and that for too long nationalists have been allowed to misrepresent devolution as a transitory stepping stone on the way to independence. According to Ian devolution can help create the structures that would recognise the differences within the UK, indeed he suggests that devolution would 'reflect them and allow them to flourish, while continuing to facilitate a common approach to problems that all of us in the UK share.'
To read an edited version of Ian's piece for the Fabian Review click here.