Coun­cil­lor calls for a UK Con­sti­tu­tional Con­ven­tion

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

The price of a Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang taxi is set to stay the same.

Coun­cil­lors on a li­cens­ing com­mit­tee last week agreed there would be no in­crease in the fares tar­iff in the two towns or in East Kil­bride.

Of­fi­cers ad­vised no rep­re­sen­ta­tions were re­ceived and that at a com­mit­tee in March they agreed “the fares re­view would take place on the ba­sis that there would be no in­crease to the cur­rent tar­iff in each zone.”

How­ever, if the trade are not sat­is­fied with the de­ci­sion, they have a right to ap­peal to the Traf­fic Com­mis­sioner.

A tar­iff of £ 2.40 will con­tinue for the first 880 yards of a jour­ney with an ad­di­tional 20p ev­ery 220 yards.

That means an av­er­age two mile hire of £4.80. A Ruther­glen coun­cil­lor has called for the fed­eral re­form of the UK.

Coun­cil­lor Robert Brown, who is num­ber one on the Lib Dem list for Glas­gow at next year’s Scot­tish elec­tion, made the call af­ter ini­tial plans for English Votes f o r E n g l i s h L aws were with­drawn by the Con­ser­va­tive Gov­ern­ment.

He said: “It is time we had a UK Con­sti­tu­tional Con­ven­tion to de­velop a proper writ­ten con­sti­tu­tion for Bri­tain, and a set up which bal­ances the pow­ers needed for Scot­land and the other na­tions and re­gions of the UK against the pow­ers needed for the proper work­ing of the United King­dom.

“The speech made by the Prime Min­is­ter on the day af­ter the ref­er­en­dum and now the ill thought out plan for how to deal with is­sues af­fect­ing Eng­land only have led to an un­work­able gud­dle and a con­sti­tu­tional dis­as­ter in the mak­ing.

“The only way to cre­ate a sus­tain­able, sta­ble, con­sti­tu­tional set­tle­ment for the United King­dom is by way of care­fully con­sid­ered change along fed­eral lines through a Con­sti­tu­tional Con­ven­tion for Bri­tain.

“There is a prob­lem as to how best to de­volve power to the re­gions and com­mu­ni­ties of Eng­land, and this must be dealt with – but only as part of a prop­erly con­sid­ered pro­gramme of re­form, in­volv­ing cross party agree­ment.

“Given the scale of crit­i­cism, the Prime Min­is­ter should aban­don these pro­pos­als al­to­gether and do things prop­erly.

“We can­not have the fu­ture of the United King­dom at the mercy of a half baked scheme de­signed to suit the Tories.”

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