This post serves as a postscript to today’s earlier post.

In her speech today, Theresa May said this:

“As the Government serving the whole United Kingdom, formed in a Parliament drawn from the whole United Kingdom, the UK Government exercises a responsibility on behalf of the whole UK that transcends party politics and encompasses all aspects of our national life”.

This ‘party-politics-transcending’ government, she said, will replace the ‘out of date’ 1998 Scotland settlement with a new one which will take account of the UK government’s need to direct and and regulate presently devolved areas such as farming subsidies and fishing policy.

In truth, here is the present UK government which, for the English Tories, transcends politics. It is made up of 135 Tory ministers (including whips) as follows:

England MPs and peers in spending government departments or serving as whips: 129

Wales MPs and peers in spending government departments or serving as whips: 1.5 (one part-time)

Scotland MPs and peers in spending government departments or serving as whips: 0

Northern Ireland MPs and peers in spending government departments or serving as whips: 0

Additionally, there are the legal-necessities of the Scotland and Wales offices. To understand how irrelevant these non-spending departments are to the UK government, it’s worth looking at this handy 2015 graphic. Spending departments spend many billions, whereas the combined Wales and Scotland office budget is smaller than cost of two two large secondary schools and this money is spent entirely on funding/staffing the physical offices themselves.  These departments ’employ’ 3.5 (one shared) Wales and Scotland MPs and peers, whose sole function is to appear on radio and television justifying Tory policy outside England.

Oh, and Annabelle Goldie is an unpaid whip in the Lords from time to time. So, you know, good for her.

So if you’re still a unionist and not a Tory, ask yourself if you think that this UK government is:

A. A party-politics-transcending-government out to govern the UK in all our interests.

Or,

B. A Greater England government consisting entirely of England politicians reflecting the right-wing imperatives of the collective England electorate, out to force their neoliberal agenda onto all the non-England parts of the UK so as to change them forever to reflect England’s values and priorities.

If there’s even a part of you which thinks B, then please consider voting Yes to independence when the time comes.

[PostscriptThis article has been amended to make it clear that it is about the politics of England dominating the whole UK, and not about people who identify as English. So, for example, there are politicians who may identify as being Scottish but who sit in parliament for English constituencies. Since this article is about the way constituents in England is all that matters to UK government ministers, such people are clearly politicians of England. It may seem clumsy, but for now the policy of FromnotoYes.Scot is to refer to England politicians, Scotland politicians, and so on]

9 Responses to The UK’s ‘party-politics-transcending’ government
  1. The point you makes is absolutely valid. I however believe some of your commentators are getting caught up in the “Nationalism is Racist” debate and missing the point.
    PS I think Mundell’s budget is big enough.

  2. The choice is simple. Independence or abject poverty within the UK

  3. T M intends to strip Scotland of all powers and rule her “kingdom” with an iron hand… we need to get out now.. after brexit it will be too late

  4. May knows fine well that in order to present an image of a “united” kingdom she has to supress Scottish aspirations (at least those Scots who have any).
    The only way she can continue this pretence is by stripping Scots of any significant say in the governance of these islands.

  5. I read all your posts, and you seem to be picking up speed now.

    But “government consisting entirely of English politicians “,
    whats wrong with that ? it could well be that after Independence, many English politicians-or Irish or Zimbabwean,serve in Govt.
    What does it matter , where the come from or where their parents were born.

    Who is fit to judge them?

    • Because politicians reflect the views of those who vote for them. That’s their job, no? A government made up of entirely English politicians can’t in any sense to legitimately represent Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. I don’t understand what you mean by Zimbabwean – do you mean dual citizens?

      • “Because politicians reflect the views of those who vote for them”
        That’s fair enough , You reflected the views of your Falkirk constituency, they majority voted Lab, and you spoke for them, also you spoke for them that did not vote Labour, as they would also go to you with problems etc.

        What would it of mattered if you were English, Irish etc
        (I mentioned Zimbabwean as I have an interest in Africa, like you.)

        I suppose you have to be a British passport holder to be an MP ( I assume)

        To me , it would make no difference if my local SNP MP, was born in Plymouth, or Portadown.
        Likewise my Doctor, Dentist or Schoolteacher.

        I am only asking for a clarification, as the way I have interpreted it, strikes me as odd.
        Thanks for your time and your patience.

        • My pleasure papko. I don’t think we disagree. I’m refereeing to an MP’s constituency, not where they come from. When Labour had 40-odd MPs there were almost that many Scots with English seats. We did used to have a bit of trickiness at meetings on that. We’d say ‘English MPs’ and they’d say ‘you mean MPs with English constituencies’, which was true but a bit of a mouthful. And of course there are quite a few folk born elsewhere who are MPs and MSPs in Scotland. I guess we should say ‘England MPs’ and ‘Scotland MPs’?

    • Actually, Papko, I’ve amended the article in light of your comment (other folk have said on Twitter) and put in a postscript explaining site style policy. Thanks for that.


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