The headline is not just about an English Parliament which I support and would prefer to regional government, but about today's announcement from the Scottish Parliament that Holyrood wants to "decouple" national and local elections.
The last three general elections have been held on the same day as County elections in England which has resulted in local election results having far more to do with national issues rather than local ones. In Norfolk, people should be voting for Norfolk County Council based on what they have done and achieved, or because they are voting personally for a particular candidate. However many councillors, of all parties, have lost seats in recent years on national swings based on people voting in the General Election and largely being unwilling or unable to comprehend that they could alter their vote in the local elections.
Whilst having a local election on the same day as a general election might appear to boost turnout, actually it diminishes the value of local elections, making them a sideshow and less important in people's minds. If we really value democracy it should be heralded, made special, made important. In England County elections have been devalued since 1991 and this has made them seem like a waste of time.