Westminster Austerity & Bad Policy Damage

Scotland's Unionists In The House Of Lords

"The ever excellent SNP MP Tommy Sheppard has combined with the National to circulate some useful short-form update info on the House of Lords reflection of today’s Scottish society (spoiler – no realistic reflection whatsoever). Link and snippet below: (Note in particular the disparity in privately purchased education percentage amongst ‘Scottish’ peers as compared to the relevant full population figures – privilege can be, and is being, purchased every day of the year in ‘British’ Scotland)".

Of course they want to remain in the UK.  After independence they'd be out of a "job".

Scottish Council House Completions Six Times Higher Per Head Than England

"While private housebuilding in England is running at around twice the rate, pro rata of that in Scotland, the crucial local authority supply lags well behind. Comparing the 1 451 completions in Scotland with the 2 560 completions reported in England for the same year we get a very sad picture. With ten times the population you might expect around 14 500 completions but there were only 2 560, 1.76 times the rate and thus nearly six times worse."

Tory MSP Tries To Exploit Drug Deaths

In the Times and headlining on BBC Scotland, of course, List MSP Annie Wells has called on the PM to hold a summit, when he gets back, on Scotland’s drug deaths. Wells is known for opposing safe consumption rooms to reduce deaths, but these cannot be tried by the Scottish Government due to Westminster’s reserved control. Research evidence for their effectiveness is clear https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5685449/

General Election 2019 - Millions Of Votes Wasted

"Anaylsis by the Electoral Reform Society suggests that up to 45 per cent of voters have been left unrepresented 

  • ERS argues General Election showed "absurdity" of Westminister voting system 
  • "Wildly different" number of votes needed to elect MPs, depending on constituency
  • 45 per cent of votes go unrepresented: “People will not tolerate being systematically ignored” "