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Have to say this every time @scottishlabour bods start mumbling about federalism (2019: This time it's RADICAL). 1/? #indyref2
Firstly, Labour only seem to bang on about federalism in Scotland, because it's aimed at an audience of independence supporters, or the iCurious. But it isn't Scotland they need to convince. Voters in Scotland would presumably lap it up, given the high level of support for indy.
@LabourParty need to convince the English electorate to support federalism. That electorate is about ten times bigger than the other three combined, so if they aren't on board then it's not happening 3/whatever
There's no evidence that federalism has significant support in England. Labour also haven't been clear about what kind of federalism they want (other than it will be RADICAL of course), so it's hard to say how attractive it would be, but...
... asking an electorate to have its voice held equally with one ten times smaller would hardly be seen as positive.

Even breaking England into chunks probably wouldn't work as many of those chunks, like the SE, wouldn't be any better off in a federation. The NE maybe,...
... but a lot of them won't be convinced.

On that note, has anyone noticed Labour doing any work on federalism with the English electorate? Major constitutional change deserves decent debate and time to consider the detail. Who are the advocates of federalism in England?
There aren't any, certainly not in the Labour Party anyway. And that's key. This is a policy for Scotland, which will never happen without England.

They aren't taking about it in England, because they don't really mean it. And even if they did, they couldn't deliver it.
A devolved country simply doesn't have the clout to effect this kind of constitutional change. Ironically we'd need the powers of an independent country to bring about federalism. When we do we can talk about a federal Scotland, if you want....
A federal UK though, well it's a bit like "alternative arrangements at the Irish border" it exists in theory, but not much else.

And like abolition of the House of Lords, Labour don't really mean it anyway.
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