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England disappearing from political landscape
11:19am Saturday 20th August 2011 in Letters
THE Scottish Assembly comprises a total of 129 MSPs for a population of five million.
The equivalent number for England’s 50 million would be some 1,300 members, which serves to demonstrate just how cossetted and over-represented Scots are.
However, the British Prime Minister of Scottish extraction plans to reduce the number of the 533 MPs ostensibly representing England by 40 or more.
While I’ve heard in recent decades MPs refer to being Scottish, I do not recall a single MP saying he was English. Could there be a connection?
Indeed, during the extensive outpourings about the recent civil disturbances, no one seems to be aware they were all confined to England.
No doubt citizens in Scotland and Wales will feel aggrieved at this omission, especially when it is accompanied by Cameron’s parroting of the phrase “Broken Britain”.
Moreover, Cameron’s speech to the reconvened Commons last week mentioned the USA and Scotland, but made no reference to England whatsoever, nor did the ensuing debate. Just when are the people of England going to wake up to the fact that the Conservatives, Labour and the Lib Dems do not represent us, and that we need to vote for other candidates?
Alan England, Sutton-on-the-Forest.