Thursday, 27 May 2010
Dundee constituencies to get new names.
Dundee’s two Scottish Parliamentary seats are to get new names following a review by the Boundary Commission. Instead of Dundee East and Dundee West the two will become Dundee City East and Dundee City West.
One wonders what it is they have to do all day at the Boundary Commission if this is what they come up with to justify their statutory existence. And this after what the Dundee Courier revealed as “lengthy considerations”. So now everything with Dundee East and Dundee West has to be reprinted to show the word “city” inserted.
In these times of straitened financial circumstances I am sure that I can speak for the people of Dundee when I say that in the Dunkirk spirit we would be quite happy to soldier on with the old names for the time being thus obviating the need for expense.
There is also to be some tinkering with the seats to make them more strictly apply to the boundaries of the Dundee local authority. Once again though surely a matter of common sense and hardly the result of a lengthy review.
The report now has to go to Scottish Secretary, Danny Alexander who will lay the document before the wee Scottish bit of the English Parliament (but English MPs can vote on it). Ridiculous though these changes are they are our changes and ought to be decided by our Parliament.