Bound­ary plans show dis­dain for High­lands

The Oban Times - - LETTERS -

Sir, The sketch maps shown here are drawn from those avail­able on the Bound­ary Com­mis­sion for Scot­land web­site.

The map on the left shows the ex­ist­ing UK par­lia­men­tary con­stituen­cies. The right-hand map shows the pro­posed changes.

As you can see, the maps are very sim­i­lar al­though there is a mod­i­fi­ca­tion around Nairn. Equally, there will have been some pop­u­la­tion move­ments be­tween 2005 and 2016.

How­ever, while the num­ber of con­stituen­cies across Scot­land is be­ing re­duced by around 10 per cent, the num­ber in the north and west High­lands is be­ing re­duced from four to three – which is 25 per cent. How can this be fair?

The MP for High­land North will have to travel around nearly 13,000 square kilo­me­tres, while the MP for Ed­in­burgh North trav­els around 20.

I am re­minded of an anec­dote of James Hunter’s – re­peated in Andy Wight­man’s book The Poor Had No

Lawyers – about an old man in Suther­land who said: ‘In Lon­don, they don’t give a damn about High­landers, but in Ed­in­burgh they hate us.’

You have un­til Jan­uary 11, 2017, to make your feel­ings known to the Bound­ary Com­mis­sion for Scot­land in Ed­in­burgh.

De­nis Rix­son, Fank Brae, Mal­laig.

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