Opinion: Same rules must apply to us all

If regions such as Yorkshire get more powers in the wake of the Scottish referendum, so should the East Midlands, says Neil
If regions such as Yorkshire get more powers in the wake of the Scottish referendum, so should the East Midlands, says Neil
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There is so much to ponder and lessons that can be learned from the Scottish referendum on independence.

First and foremost, the turnout of 85 per cent shows that you can get people out to polling stations to vote if there is an issue they can engage with.

That is a challenge for politicians of all persuasions from all corners of our still united kingdom.

But what should concern us all in the East Midlands is that certain parts of that kingdom are using the promises of more power for the Scots to further their own agendas.

Take, for example, Yorkshire and the north of England.

They are among the English regions already clamouring for increased powers.

Yorkshire and the north do not have any better case for extra powers than anyone else.

If the leaders in the north get a greater say over major policy issues confronting them, then so should we in the Midlands.

All regions of this country deserve equal treatment, and that is the conundrum now facing our political leaders.

Their offer to the Scots must be made to us all.

If the Scots, Yorkshiremen or Cornishmen get more powers, then so should those of use in the Midlands.

We, just as much as anyone else, have been held back by lack of central investment.

We all deserve greater autonomy, power and control over decisions directly affecting our regions.

Neil Pickford, Editor

@NeilPickfordNT