THE Boundaries Commission has finally announced its much awaited proposals to change the electoral boundaries for England – a process once completed will see 50 Parliamentary seats abolished across the UK.
The changes, driven by David Cameron, have been introduced in part to ‘lower the cost of politics’, with annual savings of £5m expected. Each MP costs around £66,000 a year plus expenses.
That is, of course, a huge financial saving to the country. But a glimpse behind the policy reveals something all together different.
The Prime Minister preaches of ‘saving money’ and a ‘new age of austerity’.
But this is the same person who has filled the House of Lords, creating 117 new Piers in just 15 months.
This comes at significant cost to the tax payer. Piers can currently claim up to £300 per day – £45,000 per year.
Clearly, the savings made in one chamber will ultimately have to pay for the other.
Or put quite simply – it is the re-allocation of public money, from accountability to unelected patronage.
I am in favour of any electoral change that will increase the ‘value’ of a person’s vote (and hopefully re-engage people in the political system).
But these changes are a trick.
COUN MARTIN RANKIN