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Angus MacNeil of the SNP responds to Daniel Kawczynski's concerns about a democratic deficit in England

Picture_7 Angus MacNeil is the Scottish Nationalist MP for Na h-Eileanan an Iar (formerly known as the Western Isles). Here he responds to Daniel Kawczynski's Platform piece this morning, which suggested that his Scottish constituents unfairly had far more access to their MP as compared with Daniel's constituents in Shrewsbury and Atcham because of the disparity in the number of voters in each seat.

I see the Hon. Member for Shrewsbury and Atcham is having a poke at my constituency and citing the Snow Fairy - it's no fair - that the Na h-Eileanan an Iar are better represented than the good folk of Shrewsbury.

Of course, I would agree [that they are better represented], but hey, that's what you get for voting SNP - an option not yet open to the people of Shrewsbury. That is until we embark on total world domination which, regrettably, has been put off until after the next few fundraising jumble sales...

The serious side of his argument is simply based on numbers and he has every right to make that case. But he has just maybe chosen a bad example. Now personally I quite like Daniel, so it's not a personal dig, but I have a territory the length of Wales and ferries and planes connecting the various islands. I'm not certain of the size of Shrewsbury as my English geography is sadly appalling, but I doubt Mr Kawczynski has those problems.

Of course, the ultimate answer to Mr Kawczynski's gripe is the solution we in the SNP have long proposed. I believe fervently that the English are every bit as good as the French and the Germans and can govern themselves without any help from the Scots.

So let's hear it for independence for England! I hope Daniel Kawczynski would agree.


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