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More Than The Money

There was a statement by Malcolm Rifkind that everyone is jumping on and the thing that I find interesting is that most people (but not all) are jumping on the least worrisome part of it.

BRITAIN-ELECTION -RIFKINDHere it is…

“I think also if you’re trying to attract people of a business or professional background to serve in the House of Commons and if they’re not ministers it is quite unrealistic to believe they will go through their parliamentary career being able to simply accept a salary of £60,000.”

The biggest reaction to this so far has been that many who have seen it are furious at his suggestion that £60,000 is not much of a salary to be getting on with.

Now, he would defend himself by saying that he didn’t mean it was a bad salary for the plebs (probably not using those words), but rather that it was a poor salary for the type of people that he thinks we’re trying to attract to parliament.

However, I just want to put that quote up again and highlight the relevant section…

“I think also if you’re trying to attract people of a business or professional background to serve in the House of Commons and if they’re not ministers it is quite unrealistic to believe they will go through their parliamentary career being able to simply accept a salary of £60,000.”

The section in bold is what troubles me as it has so many things wrapped up inside it.

Let me spell a few of them out…

  1. Who precisely is trying to attract that kind of people to parliament?
  2. Why?
  3. Why would they be considered more useful than other members of society?
  4. Why does it sound like your talking about a job in a business rather than representative democracy?
  5. Does the fact that you are talking about attracting a certain kind of person to a job in parliament, and not about the representatives that the public choose to elect, make a mockery of the UK democratic process?
  6. What does that say about the attitude of the people already in parliament?

I’d say those questions are more worrying that what Mr Rifkind believes to be a reasonable salary.

Another Scotland IS Possible…

Miliband… and there IS an alternative, and it ISN’T the Labour Party.

In case you missed it last week, a couple of other countries in North Europe showed that it is perfectly possible for countries to be on a different path

In Sweden…

A new Social Democrat/Green government came in and began to announce some interesting policies.

In Germany…

In other places

Meanwhile, in the UK…

 

 

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Not Even When The Prime Minister Turns Up

Biy0oFzCIAAXgPBThe photo on the right here has been doing the rounds, and Bella Caledonia posted it earlier on, pointing out that

“The BBC described them as the ‘resurgent Scottish Conservative Party’ but only pointed the cameras one way.”

Apart from the lack of numbers in that photo, I think the demographic seems rather interesting too.

However, from the event there was another photo I thought was actually more interesting (and I don’t mean the little joke you can see therein).

Not even when the PRIME MINISTER of the UK turns up can they even fill a hall in Scotland. Compare this to how full all the meetings of YES Scotland activist groups and all the other political meetings around the country have been recently.

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The Land Isn’t Green And Pleasant

Bdw93bFCcAA2D36Well, I say the land, I really mean the politics.

Scots law and English law are obviously different so the measure outlined in the image does not affect Scotland.

That said, the minds (using that word in the loosest possible way) behind it DO affect Scotland, and a No vote just keeps us at the behest of this kind of ‘mind’.

For the purposes of clarification however, I asked my colleague on the For A’ That podcasts about the veracity of this claim and it is true for civil, rather than criminal cases.

If you think it is just this Tory-Liberal government that have issues surrounding this kind of thing, try watching this wonderful documentary.

If you don’t have time for that, this article sums it up well.