Monday, 30 April 2018 05:37


More people are unsatisfied with the UK political system in Scotland than in any other part of the UK – reflecting the growing disenchantment of voters in Scotland with Westminster system of government.

Only 14% of Scots are satisfied with the UK political system according to a new study, compared to 41% of Londoners who believe the UK’s political system works well, falling to 28% in the Midlands and 23% in Wales and the north of England.
Despite that, the study by the Hansard Society also found that Scots are most knowledgeable about politics and are amongst the most likely to vote.
Commenting, SNP MSP George Adam said:
“This study is a damning indictment of the complete failure of the Westminster system to represent Scotland’s interests.
“The fact that Scots are the most knowledgeable about politics perhaps explains why they are so unsatisfied with the UK political system.
“The complete failure of the current UK government to recognise that Scotland voted to remain in the European Union is just one example of why voters will be disenchanted. 
“Whether it’s the threat of being dragged out of Europe against our will or getting Tory governments we don’t want, Scotland’s voters will know that too often their views get overridden at Westminster again and again. 
“And the Tories want to double down on this democratic deficit with their power grab, using Brexit as a smokescreen to meddle in powers that are already devolved to Scotland. 
“It’s no wonder that Scots are the least happy with the UK’s political system – and only the SNP offer a serious alternative.”

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