Sunday, August 14, 2005

What shall we do with the Scottish Parliament?

There seems to be a growing recognition that MSPs are overpaid and underutilised.

James Gray, the one-time Shadow Scottish Secretary, was sacked for suggesting that MSPs should be replaced by their Westminster counterparts.

Andrew Arbuckle, LibDem MSP, thinks they should go part-time, and has suffered nothing worse than an invitation to join the Conservative party.

To me this shows how wrong Michael Howard was in his treatment of Mr Gray, who merely voiced what was an eminently reasonable response to a real problem.