Magazine article The Spectator

Scotch the Scots

Magazine article The Spectator

Scotch the Scots

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Sir: The interesting thing about English votes for English MPs is that it would mean that Scottish MPs at Westminster would become virtually pointless (Leading article, 3 November). Currently no MP at Westminster can vote on Scottish issues, which is why the problem has arisen in the first place. If the Scottish MPs at Westminster voted the same way as the MSPs, e. g. free tuition at university, it wouldn't be too bad, but they vote for English students to pay for their tuition while Scottish students get theirs free.

There is also the issue of free prescriptions and drugs for certain types of cancer and Alzheimer's available north of the border but not in England. Is it any wonder that we want parity?

While Westminster is under the control of so many Scots it's unlikely to happen, but it would be a good vote winner for the Tories. …

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