LWD leader for May 2020, will be chosen from leaders currently engaged in a political struggle over autonomy while dealing with the Coronavirus crisis.
The dispute reminds me in some ways of the Home Nations rugby union championship. At first this known as The Four Nations championship, before their numbers swelled to include first France, and then Italy. Finally its name changed and it became the Six Nations championship.
The original four nations championship contenders were England, Scotland Ireland (combined NI and Republic) and Wales. In politics, the matter is more complicated.
This month’s political battles can be seen a struggle between the leaders of Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales, and England, the last represented by the Leader of the Government in Westminster.
The candidates for LWD leader of the month are
The West Lothian question
At the time of writing [8 May 2020] tensions are building up between the leaders representing the devolved political administrations of Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales on one hand, and the leader of the Westminster Government.
There is no Parliament of England (although that has its advocates). The Westminster Parliament has representatives from England, but also from the other parts of the United Kingdom.
This is what one commentator likened to a re-run of the West Lothian question.
The original West Lothian question was about dual representation. The on-going political discussions about the Northern Ireland border have a similar core dilemma.
The leader of the month is the candidate deemed to have best managed the challenges facing them.
To be continued …