Californication

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Iain Dale’s bizarre equivalence of English Apples and Californian Oranges gives me an excuse to yet again plug constructaregion.

In relative terms, California is more akin to Scotland than England – a sizeable minority rather than an overwhelming majority. Indeed, looking at the US rather makes the point about why an English Parliament is a bad idea and “patchworking” England is a good idea. Even the smallest US state has huge powers of autonomy and yet in many ways the US is culturally more homogenous than the UK. You can have regional government AND retain an English, even British, identity.

On the other hand, the US does have significant faultlines, mainly between North and South, Bible Belt and Metropolitan Coast. Would those factions tolerate a single state dominating the US? As it is, there are growing tensions that may yet turn out to cause a major crisis. We almost certainly DON’T want a system with such a huge difference in size between the largest state (California, 350m) and the smallest (Wyoming, 500,000) – in the Senate both these states have equal representation, creating an inbuilt Republican bias.

3 thoughts on “Californication

  1. James,

    California is big, it’s true, but its population is 35 million. If it was 350 million, you’d never have to worry about Republicans ever again… hmmm, could we encourage Californians to have more children?

  2. Again you fail to understand that the Union is a union of nations. If Scotland’s nationhood is recognised then so too should England’s.

    If England is ‘too big’ for the Union then it is the Union that is at fault, not England. It shouldn’t be England that is sacrificed at the alter of Unionism just so Scotland and Wales can have their own parliaments and expressions of nationality. Equality demands that England is treated equally – at the very least that means that the English nation should be consulted, as were Scotland and Wales.

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