His son (who became Henry VIII) was not content with keeping England united.
No one with progressive instincts can possibly be satisfied with either of these answers.
The great question is whether there is a better one.
It embodies a tradition stretching back to England’s brief but inspiring republican experiment during the civil wars of the 17th century, and before that to Renaissance Italy and Republican Rome.
Central to it is the notion of “neo-Roman liberty”: of liberty as freedom from domination, from dependence on another’s will.
While there are many distinct advantages to having national parliaments in each state, or even regional governments there are many negative factors that must be taken into consideration, the Welsh Assembly costs over �40 million pounds a year to run and only has secondary legislative powers10 while the Scottish Parliament building opened three years late, ten times over budget costing �431 million for the building alone.11 So extra cost is one major issue to consider, but so also is the added bureaucracy, by adding another layer of government you are adding another layer of paperwork and seemingly needless bureaucracy, especially in Wales where all important acts passed must be ratified by Parliament anyway. Conclusion Within the UK another discussed possibility is that of complete regional government, leaving Westminster purely to focus on the bigger picture, this has already been en-acted in London with the creation of the Greater London Authority16 but the idea has not caught on as when asked, "Should there be an elected assembly for the North East region?
" 77.93% of voters affected voted No (with a turnout of 47.05%)17.
But there was no English equivalent to the powerful, de facto independent duchies of Burgundy or Aquitaine in what is now France, or to the medley of principalities, city states and bishoprics that divided Germans and Italians from each other until well into the 19th century.
That was still true after the Welshman Henry Tudor defeated Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485 and seized the English crown as Henry VII.
Introduction Will devolution lead to the break-up of the UK?
Within the UK, devolution has really only been a relevant issue since the 1997 general election where it was one of the major manifesto promises of Tony Blair's "new labour" to bring around constitutional change in the format of devolved government.