I was slightly surprised to see Pete Wishart quoted on the Scotsman website as saying it was "very generous" of the Tories to give up two of their six allotted seats on the Scottish Affairs Select Committee, so that the SNP can claim them instead. Obviously it's better than nothing, because it at least heads off the ludicrous possibility that the eleven-strong committee might have only one member who actually represents a Scottish constituency. But it does still mean that, unless Labour are even more "generous", it's very difficult to see how the committee will have even a bare majority of Scottish MPs, which you'd think would be the minimum requirement. If the Tories stick to their guns, I can only see two ways in which that could now happen...
Option 1 :
Option 2 :
Liberal Democrats 1
The reason those are the only possibilities is that David Mundell and Ian Murray are presumably unavailable, leaving Alistair Carmichael as the only non-SNP Scottish member who can conceivably be drafted in (which would be hugely controversial to say the least). Either way, Labour would have to give up three-quarters of their four allotted seats, while the Tories would only be giving up one-third of their six. Doesn't seem a very likely basis for an agreement, does it?
Realistically, the Tories are going to have to give more ground, otherwise Westminster will face the PR disaster of a sham "Scottish" committee with a clear English majority.
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To celebrate the thrilling news that Iain "the Snarl" Gray is BACK as Scottish Labour leader, it's nostalgia night here at Scot Goes Pop. If you've ever wondered how to say Iain "the Snarl" Gray in ten different languages - including, naturally, Portuguese - you're bang in luck this fine evening.
ENGLISH: Iain "the Snarl" Gray
GERMAN: Iain "das Knurren" Gray
HUNGARIAN: Iain "a Vicsorog" Gray
MAORI: Iain "te Ngengere" Gray
DANISH: Iain "den Snerren" Gray
PORTUGUESE: Iain "o Rosnar" Gray
MACEDONIAN: Иан "на метеж" Греј
AFRIKAANS: Iain "die Warboel" Gray
CHINESE: 伊恩 "在咆哮" 灰
MALTESE: Iain "l- Ħajt tas-Sejjieħ" Gray