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Thursday, 10 February 2005

Scotland's representation at Westminster is dropping ...

... from 72 to 59. This is all part of the 'devolution settlement' to bring constituency sizes in Scotland into line with those in the rest of the UK. This seems a reasonable compromise consequent upon the Scotland Act, which created the Scottish Parliament.

However, what is certainly NOT reasonable is the decision taken by the Scottish Parliament, and acquiesced in by the UK Parliament at Westminster (in contravention of the Scotland Act), not to make the similar reduction in representation in the Scottish Parliament envisaged by that Act. Why? Simply because of the self-serving jobs-for-the-boys mentality which pervades Scotland's Labour-dominated political scene. The high-taxation, high-spending Labour 'nomenklatura' seem to see preservation of their own positions as 'placemen' in our public life as their main aim.

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