Thursday, January 19, 2006

The Scottish Raj

Of the 21 Ministers and Law Officers in the Scottish Parliament only Robert Brown, the Scottish Lib Dem MSP for Glasgow was not born in Scotland (Newcastle, if you're interested). He holds the lofty position of Deputy Minister for Education and Young People.

Compare that with the people who run England:

Tony Blair Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury and Minister for the Civil Service. MP for Sedgefield. Born Edinburgh.

Gordon Brown Chancellor of the Exchequer, HM Treasury. MP for Kirkcaldy & Cowdenbeath. Born Glasgow.
Des Browne Chief Secretary, HM Treasury. MP for Kilmarnock & Loudoun. Born Kilwinning.
Frank Roy Assistant Whip, HM Treasury. MP for Motherwell & Wishaw. Born Motherwell.

Lord Falconer Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs and Lord Chancellor. Not elected. Born Edinburgh.
Bridget Prentice Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs. MP for Lewisham East. Born Glasgow.

John Reid Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence. MP for Airdrie & Shotts. Born Bellshill.
Adam Ingram Minister of State (Armed Forces), Ministry of Defence. MP for East Kilbride, Strathaven & Lesmahagow. Born Glasgow.
Jim Sheridan PPS (Team PPS), Ministry of Defence. MP for Paisley & Renfrewshire North. Born Glasgow.

Douglas Alexander Minister for Europe, Foreign and Commonwealth Office. MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire South. Born Glasgow.
John Robertson PPS (Dr Kim Howells, Minister of State), Foreign & Commonwealth Office. MP for Glasgow North West. Born Glasgow.

Alistair Darling Secretary of State Department for Transport (and Secretary of State, Scotland Office). MP for Edinburgh South West. Born London.
Russell Brown PPS (Rt Hon Alistair Darling Department for Transport and Scotland Office). MP for Dumfries & Galloway. Born Annan.
Ann Coffey PPS (Rt Hon Alistair Darling, Department for Transport and Scotland Office). MP for Stockport. Born Inverness.

Barry Gardiner Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Trade and Industry. MP for Brent North. Born Glasgow.
Ian Stewart PPS (Rt Hon Alan Johnson, Secretary of State), Department of Trade and Industry Labour. MP for Eccles. Born Blantyre.
Shona McIsaac PPS (Rt Hon Alun Michael, Minister of State), Department of Trade and Industry. MP for Cleethorpes. Born Dunfermline.

Yvette Cooper Minister of State (Housing and Planning), Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. MP for Pontefract & Castleford. Born Inverness.
Jim Fitzpatrick Parliamentary Under-Secretary (London), Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. MP for Poplar & Canning Town. Born Glasgow.

Jim Cunningham PPS (Mr Mike O'Brien, Solicitor General), Law Officers' Department. MP for Coventry South. Born Coatbridge.

Eric Joyce PPS (Rt Hon Margaret Hodge MBE, Minister of State), Department for Work and Pensions. MP for Falkirk. Born Perth.
Anne McGuire Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Disabled People), Department for Work and Pensions. MP for Stirling. Born Glasgow.

Fiona Mactaggart Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Home Office. MP for Slough. Born Glasgow.

Ian McCartney Minister without Portfolio, Cabinet Office. MP for Makerfield. Born Lennoxtown.
Jim Murphy Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office. MP for Renfrewshire East. Born Glasgow.

Thomas McAvoy Government Whip & Comptroller HM Household. MP for Rutherglen & Hamilton West. Born Glasgow.

Nigel Griffiths Deputy Leader of the House of Commons. MP for Edinburgh South. Born Glasgow.

Michael Martin Speaker of the House of Commons. MP for Glasgow North East. Born Glasgow.

There’s another Cabinet reshuffle on the way. Will Scottish rule over England be further strengthened?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs. Not elected! You couldn't make it up, could you?

12:39 pm  
Blogger HW said...

I know it's a burden but we Scots will carry it willingly. In due course - when you are ready - England really should learn to govern itself.

3:08 pm  
Blogger DFH said...

Ungrateful bunch aren’t we, hw?

3:55 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We'll be happy to have all these MPs back to their proper place at Holyrood together with all our oil income over the last 30 years and now the overtaxing cancelled: it would be nice too to have our natural marine boundary reinstated back to Berwick from Carnoustie, changed for God knows what reason by Westminster in 1999 and then you English should certainly get your own Parliament and devolve all powers to Scotland and Wales and, perhaps, the English regions.

4:38 pm  
Blogger DFH said...

You forgot to claim the Elgin Marbles as well, anonymous.

6:09 pm  
Blogger Toque said...

The Scots should pay us back for 300 years of subsidies. The 30 years of oil (most of the more expensive gas is in English water) is dwarfed by the billions spent to keep the Scottish economy afloat.

When the Scottish Parliament was reconvened Scotland should have paif back the money that England spent to bail it out after the Darien expedition.

"Many Scots supported the Union because the Darien disaster, coupled with a series of bad harvests after 1695, had caused huge distress in Scotland. The Treaty of Union, which provided for free trade and navigation and payment of £398,000 (a sum known as ‘the Equivalent’) in compensation for the Darien losses and to support Scottish industries, seemed vital to the country’s economic survival. The last Scottish Parliament met on 25 March 1707 and was not to be re-established in Edinburgh until 1999, almost 300 years after the failure of Darien."

7:20 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Forget English "EU Regions".
Scotlands destiny is to be a bite sized slave state "region" of brussels but it isnt Englands!, stay oot of our affairs and go and crawl cap in hand to your Brussels masters.

8:48 pm  
Blogger Tom Paine said...

Anonymous does not know his international law. "Natural marine boundary" indeed! The fishing boundary set in 1999 is correct. The marine boundary of two nations with contiguous coasts should be equidistant at all points from those coasts. That God is an Englishman is nowhere more clearly demonstrated than by the line this law cuts across the oilfields. Most of it was never "Scotland's oil" at all.

Those of us trying (at the time) to live as one nation could not be bothered to argue the petty point, any more than any modern intellect could be ****d to worry about prehistoric ethnic differences so trivial as to be invisible to anyone with a life or even just an honest job of work to keep them busy.

Now it's all gone too far. Not only does Scotland cost us far too much economically; not only are we sick of the Scots' endless racist whingeing; the blasted Union is forcing us to live under an ideology which the rest of the world spend the whole 20th Century demonstrating to be utterly useless at best, and evil at worst.

Take Brown, Blair, Reid and Socialism home - PLEASE.

3:44 pm  
Blogger Della & Sarah said...

Wish I could jump forward a hundred years and see what the history books will have to say about the Scottish Raj. I'll bet it won't be pleasant at all.

8:27 pm  
Anonymous Blue Witch said...

Grief, I wasn't aware it was *that* bad! Hope it's OK if I borrow this? (with appropraite linkage).

10:38 pm  
Blogger DFH said...

Well said, Tom.

Help yourself Blue Witch.

9:29 am  
Anonymous Blue Witch said...

I have done, thanks :)

11:14 am  
Blogger Birdman said...

I've linked too - many thanks...

6:36 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its not too much of an exaggeration to say that Scotland's oil "subsidised England" (if I can say that withou tbeing perjorative) throughout much of Thatcher's reign, with fiscal surpluses (running at over 30% of Scotland's GDP) - when oil prices were almost excruciatingly high. Hell, it even saved the entire United Kingdom economy from completely sinking in 1975 when the IMF came in (Adam Smith would be turning in his grave) I always like to point out that the M25 and the Docklands Redevelopment are quite wonderful monuments to the largesse of the North Sea - and Scotland's wealth have provided to the citizenry of London and England more generally. I do not begrudge them it, however - just as long as they remember where it came from.

Finally a minor geographical point. The marine boundary is indeed correct, it places absolutely no oil-fields in "oil-poor" England's waters at all, considering most oil-fields in the UK sector lie to the NE of Aberdeen and off the NE coast of - yep you guessed it - SCOTLAND! It would certainly take a master-stroke in cartography to place them anywhere the coastline and waters belonging to England.

I certainly would like to see the £208bn back on independence (I know, I'm being conservative in my estimates :-), we could spend it on many things to the benefit of our people and our country.

8:13 pm  
Blogger wonkotsane said...

Scotland's subsidy from England £11.3bn.

North Sea gas and oil revenues £4.3bn.

Even giving Scotland all the revenues from North Sea gas and oil (including the English fas and oil which the Scottish Raj donated to their motherland), they would still receive a net subsidy of £7bn.

How they think they are subsidising England whilst running with an £11.3bn per year deficit in their budget I don't know!

11:23 pm  
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11:24 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


7:01 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Scotland is too sissy to become independent - then so is England (more so, actually). So please England, become independent- we're waiting........

£208bn plus interest and counting!!

5:50 pm  

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