Sunday, 15 December 2013

Plans to Keep Scots Lords Post-Independence "Speaks Volumes About Westminster Priorities"


The Scottish National Party has slammed Westminster for failing on its priorities as it is revealed in a Huffington Post UK interview with Lib Dem peer Lord Wallace that plans have been made to keep unelected Scottish peers in the House of Lords post- independence.

Commenting, the SNP MP who uncovered the ‘cash for honours’ scandal, Angus MacNeil MP said:

“This is ridiculous and speaks volumes about Westminster priorities. The UK government failed to take the opportunity to give their plans for Scotland after a Yes or No vote as set out by Electoral Commission. The MOD won’t even look at alternative plans for Trident- yet there are plans to keep Scottish peers in the House of Lords!

“Under the Westminster system, we have the ludicrous situation that there are far more legislators who are appointed than elected - and people in Scotland elect only 4 per cent of the Westminster parliamentarians who hold powers over the economy, welfare, defence, our place in Europe, and many other crucial areas of policy.

“The UK parties nominating their own donors to the House of Lords is part and parcel of Westminster's crony culture - and the Lords is now the second biggest chamber in the world after the Chinese National People’s Congress, which governs a country of 1.3 billion!

“The SNP's long-standing position is that we believe those making laws should be elected by the people, and therefore we do not nominate members to the House of Lords.

“If the rest of the UK want to keep funding the unelected House of Lords, that is a matter for them. A Yes vote means that people in Scotland can get rid of the expensive and unrepresentative Westminster tier - saving around £50 million a year in not sending MPs and Peers to London- which means more cost effective and fairer government.”

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