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The government’s majority was reduced from its nominal 76 to only 21 because of the opposition from MPs in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, whose constituents do not pay the tuition fees that were the subject of the vote. The coalition agreement contains the commitment to “establish a commission to consider the ‘West Lothian question’” but of course this has not yet been done. As a result, we still have the mismatch between the people who can vote and the people who are affected by the voting.
If the government had gone about things in the proper order, they might have spared themselves some of the pain.