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Poll shows Scots have issue with ‘London-centric system’ – Gordon Brown

30 May 2023 2 minute read
Former prime minister Gordon Brown. Picture by Andrew Milligan / PA

Scotland has a problem with a “London-centric system”, Gordon Brown said as a poll suggested only 17% of Scots feel a “common bond” with those in London.

The former prime minister’s think tank, Our Scottish Future, polled Scots on the connection they felt with people in different parts of the UK.

The FocalData poll of 1,011 people was carried out between May 9 and 15.

Only 17% said they felt “common bonds” with Londoners, compared to 65% who said they did not, it found.

This pulled down the figure for “English people in general” – with 33% saying they had a common bond, against 52% who said they did not.

On the same question, Scots said ‘yes’ by large margins when it came to Geordies (58%), the Welsh (57%) and Liverpudlians (46%).

The former Labour leader will argue for constitutional change in both Scotland the UK at an event in Edinburgh on June 1.

Mark Drakeford

Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford and Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham will also speak at the event, as will Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar and actress, comedian and writer Arabella Weir.

Mr Brown said: “Our poll shows that Scotland’s problem is with Whitehall, Westminster and a London-centric system.

“Many parts of the rest of the UK also feel detached from a centralised state.

“That’s why this week we’re bringing to Scotland the First Minister of Wales Mark Drakeford, the mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham and the mayor of West Yorkshire Tracy Brabin.

“They will talk about how, across the whole of the United Kingdom, we can fight for change we can believe in.”

A report authored by Mr Brown for the Labour party recommended abolishing the House of Lords and replacing it with a new, democratic upper chamber.


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Steve Woods
Steve Woods
10 months ago

For a start, the devolved assemblies need equal powers (incl. the power to secede from the union; and those powers need to be constitutionally guaranteed in something the UK has never really had – a properly codified constitution. Otherwise devolved powers can be made to disappear at a stroke of a Whitehall pen.

Dai Ponty
Dai Ponty
10 months ago

For Gods sake are you surprised Scotland Wales Northern Ireland and the Midlands and North of England INVESTMENT GOES TO LONDON AND THE SOUTH COAST AND ALONG THE SOUTH COAST OF ENGLAND the rest of the disunited kingdom is an afterthought and that goes for both Tory and Labour governments

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
10 months ago

The London-centric system will not change under a UK Labour government . Labour will continue to feather England’s nest, in particular the South East, to the detriment of Wales. See, Keir Starmer only cares about power. And his luke warm attitude towards further devolution to Wales is tepid at best. Welsh Labour First Minister Mark Drakeford has stated recently how to save the British union it must change to being a “union of solidarity”, but we all know his calls will fall on deaf ears with UK Labour continuing in the same vein by denying Wales powers enjoyed by England… Read more »

Riki
Riki
10 months ago
Reply to  Y Cymro

“British” union? The union was forged by lords of England and a Scottish King and Queen. Last time I checked neither nation were founded by the British (Britons). You do a huge disservice to the ancestors of the people of Wales by calling the union of England and Scotland, “British”.

Valerie Matthews
Valerie Matthews
10 months ago

So does Wales! But do our ‘London centric’ give a hoot about us? Me thinks not!!

Riki
Riki
10 months ago

Only 14%, oh yeah…one could come to the weird conclusion that Scotland is a different country. Who else is shocked?

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