As a political nerd (geek?) I'm growing increasingly frustrated by the appalling coverage of the place of Scottish MPs in Westminster. A few facts need aired:
1. Of the 650 MPs, 82% will be representing English constituencies
2. The English press complain that English MPs have no say on Scottish
issues yet Scottish MPs, in common with all other MPs, also have no say
on Scottish issues. With the exception of reserved issues the bulk are
devolved to the Scottish Parliament. We vote for Scottish MPs to
represent us at national level and protect our legitimate interest in
reserved areas - that's democracy.
3. There are 58 MPs representing
Welsh and Northern Irish constituencies, in common with their Scottish
counterparts they have no say in their representative bodies (Scotland
has 59) - who's running scared of their influence?
created a federalised UK, the fact that Westminster MPs failed to
address the paradox of English representation at that time lies squarely
on their shoulders. As I see it 82% of MPs failed to represent their
own constituents best interests - it's not the Scots, Welsh or Irish who
are at fault.
5. Scotland voted to remain in the Union, their
electorate have a right to vote for whomever they want. This is not
undue influence, it's democracy and it's never perfect.