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When did Cameron become the Prime Minister of England?


Yesterday, during Prime Minister Questions, Cameron said something stupid.

At the end of PMQS, Peter Hain asked a question about renewable energy specifically on the Severn Barrage project in Wales.

The Prime Minister replied with this answer:

I heard the right hon. Gentleman on “Farming Today” waxing eloquent on this project. I think that it has many advantages. A huge amount of renewable energy could be delivered through a barrage of this kind. He knows that there are lots of problems and that the environmental groups have been divided over it, but I am very happy to listen to his views as he takes forward this important piece of work. I think that there are many opportunities in a challenging European economy, as he says, to look at energy connectors and energy co-operation, particularly between England, France and other northern European countries.

Read that last bit again. Yes, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland confused the UK with England when talking to a man from Wales not greater England.

Thats either supreme arrogance or supreme ignorance. Or he is practicing for when Scotland leaves the UK & he is left with England, Wales & NI & just like before Scotland joined the union will be known as the Kingdom of England.

Cameron has said he doesn’t want to be Prime Minister of England so why is he practicing?

If Cameron wants the UK to survive, going around pretending to be PM of England isn’t going to help matters if we Scots feel he isn’t sticking up for us as well especially in an industry where Scotland is leading the way in the UK and in Europe. The PM demoting us to another “northern European country” he’d liked to work with just isn’t going to do the trick.

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  1. Lev Eakins
    May 17, 2012 at 10:46 | #1

    Just a thought – is energy policy devolved? If so, the UK government may only have power (pardon the pun) over English energy policy.

    • May 17, 2012 at 10:58 | #2

      Depends what you mean by “devolved”! In 98 when the Scotland Act was drawn up along with Welsh devolution, climate change and therefore energy policy wasn’t seen important enough to reserve to Westminster therefore when the department of Energy & CC was created in 08, it was in the middle of no mans land when it came to devolution as the Scotland Act only defines what is reserved to Westminster not what is devolved, therefore Westminster can legislate in this area for the whole UK or just for England but generally the PM would work with the FMs & sell UK, including Scottish, Welsh & NI renewables etc. to the wider world.
      Peter Hain, an MP who represents Wales not England was asking specifically about the Severn Barrage project in Wales so its still a screw up by the PM to say England, because the Severn Barrage project is in Wales not England, plus it hints that the PM will only stick up for English renewables to the wider world and not renewables from across UK.

      • Lev Eakins
        May 17, 2012 at 11:33 | #3

        Isn’t half the Severn Barrage project in England, as it connects between England and Wales? I take your point though, it could be sloppy language by the PM, although he may claim the devolution angle in his defence.

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