“In the island of Britain today there are three governments representing three constitutional and political bodies. There is the Scottish Parliament, there is the Welsh Assembly, there is the United Kingdom Parliament. They represent Scotland, Wales and the United Kingdom. Constitutionally and politically just those three exist. Constitutionally and politically England does not exist. That situation, and its implications, constitutes the English Question.”
David Blunkett (2005), A New England: An English Identity within Britain
England is ruled by a UK Government drawn from MPs elected within England’s borders and MPs elected outside England’s borders. This government is accountable to Parliament which is comprised of MPs from across the UK and, ultimately, accountable to all the people of the United Kingdom.
Unlike the people of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, who have all been given the opportunity and have chosen to set up their own democracies and national governments, the people of England are governed as the rump of the UK with English interests regarded as indivisible from the interests of the UK as a whole. This leads to the situation often referred to as the West Lothian Question in which MPs elected outside England can make laws and vote on laws that affect only England when competence for the concomitant legislation has been passed to the devolved administrations that govern their constituents.