The day that Scotland went yellow

imagesSQ6RFG5DIf as predicted in some polls, the SNP win all of the seats in Scotland, or even if they win all but one or two, it seems very likely that the attitude of both Labour and Conservative parties to electoral reform will change. One or other of the two large parties will be in a position to form a Government on May 8th although quite which one can do so may take a few days to clarify. Whatever the outcome North of Hadrians Wall, it is certain that large swathes of a whole Nation will be left electorally unrepresented within the cohort of Scottish MPs. This is no change from the situation that many experience across the rest of the UK where calls for people to participate in democracy if they live in constituencies that are safe seats ring extremely hollow. Many of the constituencies in Surrey and Sussex are solidly Conservative and it is unlikely that they will ever change from this position. Some of the sitting MPs are so arrogant that they refuse to hold surgeries and more or less ignore most of their constituents. Not only are most of the MPs from one party, but the same party also dominates the County Councils and many of the District Councils. The irony is that it is these political parties that get to decide what electoral process you and I get to use to elect them. It might take a SNP landslide in Scotland to make these out of touch organisations think very carefully about their policies. Let us hope so.


About ianchisnall

I have a passion to see public policy made accessible everyone who want to improve the wellbeing of their communities. I am interested in issues related to crime and policing as well as in policies on health services and strategic planning.
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