Listening to the campaigns and debates on the 2015 UK General Election I wonder why it has become so Scotland-centric? Let’s look at some facts:
- Scotland contains just 8% of the UK population
- It currently enjoys 9% of the seats in parliament (59 of 650), though this was reviewed in 2013 and by 2018 it should be 8% (52 of 600)
- Scots have £1,600 more spent per head in terms of public services than English citizens (late 2013 gov’t figures) – the spend by nation looks like this NI per head = £10,876, Scotland = £10,151, Wales £9,707 and England just £8,528
- Scots enjoy free student tuition, their old people don’t have to lose their house and savings if they go in to a care home
- We have to live with the two fishy SNP mouthpieces (Sturgeon and Salmon) telling us how they will run the UK after this election – and the BBC (and other media) is giving it plenty of prominence!
Surely then they should be getting 8% of the attention! The opinion polls relegate the SNP to being just a part of the 4% who say they will vote ‘Other’ (BBC Poll of Polls today). That’s more like it!
I’m no Little Englander but can we have some airtime that discusses England please?