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The West Lothian Question.

This was a question that was raised by the Right Honorable MP for West Lothian in the House of Commons in respect of Scottish Devolution.

In the Labour Party's attempts to stop the SNP gaining power in the Scottish elections, and to grab the last remaining votes by raising the issue of Scottish independence, the Labour Party construed a plan whereby Scotland would be offered its own Parliament.

In so doing, the Labour Party constructed the system whereby Scottish MPs could sit in the House of Commons and vote on matters that affected England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, but the English parliamentary representatives where not allowed to vote on matters that affected Scotland.

The inequality was clear for all to see and when raised on the Commons became known as 'The West Lothian Question' in honour of the MP who raised it.

The Scottish MP Gordon Brown was an enthusiastic proponent of devolution for Scotland, but has been backpedaling furiously since it became a possibility that he might become Prime Minister of the UK. With more and more people becoming outraged at the patent inequalities of the devolved system, it could transpire that he loses the right to represent the whole of the UK and therefore may lose his job. It would serve the (self-serving) smarmy cnut right.

Sadly the irony of this complaint is lost on most of our Southern cousins. For nigh on three hundred years Act of Union 1707 English politicians have foisted legislation on Scotland. No-one saw the injustice. Funny that.

Even more sadly most Scots forget that the Act of Union was agreed to by the Scots as a way of keeping themselves on the razz, seeing as they'd just gone broke. Not to mention that in return they got a Scottish King (even if he did dribble a bit) on the unified throne. Oh, and even more luckily they got MPs too, to defend their interests. And if there were less of them than English MPs it might be because not only is there more of England but there are more English people too. Funny that.