It appears that the Labour Party are a bit annoyed with the proposed boundary changes lol.
England are set to lose 32 seats, Corbyn’s constituency being one of them. Wales are set to lose 11 of their 40 MPs , Northern Ireland 1 seat to 17 (DUP anyone) and Scotland 6 seats to 53 which Tommy Shepherd of the SNP is very unhappy about saying “At a time when it is more important than ever to hold this hapless Tory government to account, Theresa May wants to cut the number of Scottish MPs at Westminster. It is completely unacceptable that the Tories consider boundary changes a priority when they have their own chaotic Brexit to deal with.”. Cat Smith, Labour MP, has said that “These final boundary recommendations are nothing but an undemocratic power grab by this Tory government. With no plans to reduce the number of ministers, the Government is weakening the role of Parliament and creating unprecedented levels of executive dominance at the expense of backbenchers, when Parliament is meant to be taking back control. “Cutting the number of MPs by 50 as we prepare to leave the European Union is further proof this government is clamouring to tighten its grip on power. With the workload of MPs set to rise after Brexit, with thousands of pieces of important legislation expected to come through Parliament, it would be utterly ludicrous to go ahead with these boundary changes.”
The idea has been around since the expenses scandal and David Cameron pushed ahead with this in 2009, but the idea was dropped in 2012 when the Liberal Democrats refused to support it. However many believe that the proposed changes will go some way to fix anomalies in the system – such as the disparities in constituency sizes which means MPs need different amounts of votes to get elected – which it is alleged have been historically unfair on the Tories. There is a part of me that supports the move to reduce the number of MPs given how crap so many of them are, from all the parties, but then there is a part of me that can see that the Tories, of course, are using this to their own electoral advantage. You also have to ask why the House of the Dead (Lords) is not being reduced, let alone scrapped, in all this change. You would think the Lords would be the place to start but then the Tories have been loading the Lords with em Tories and if they can swing the boundary changes to their advantage we have another 20 years of the Tories, and too many people won’t care or even take an interest, that is such a sad indictment of our politics and our country and by that I mean Scotland.
But the laugh out loud part for me is Labour pulling out the undemocratic card. You see I haven’t forgotten 2014, the sadness is etched on my memory forever, but what I won’t ever forget is the disgrace that was the Smith Commission, now I would have pulled out if I had been the SNP as it was a stitch up and a sham but this photo always comes to mind when I think about Scottish Labour.
You see Labour and democracy don’t really go unless it is on Labour terms and those very very rarely are in the best interests of Scotland. So while the Tories shaft Scotland, and Labour moan about the Tories shafting Labour, lets not forget that Scottish Labour have been shafting Scotland for a 100 years and given half a chance will do so for another 100 years. So yes the boundary changes are a fix to help the Tories, as Thatcher did in the 80’s, but while I have some sympathy for us voters I have none for the Labour Party, who gives a crap what they think.