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Tory Candidate Rewarded for Failure as Duncan Enters Lords
Davidson’s entire new team snubbed by Westminster bosses.
Failed Tory candidate for Perth and North Perthshire Ian Duncan is set to be appointed to government anyway – by being handed a peerage ahead of taking up a cushy ministerial post at the Scotland Office.
The news, reported in today’s Courier, underlines the fundamentally undemocratic nature of the Westminster system which allows the government to fill ministerial positions with Tory cronies by elevating them to the Lords, even when they’ve been roundly rejected by the electorate in a democratic election.
Mr Duncan is set to take over from previous pointless peer at the Scotland Office Andrew Dunlop, who was similarly unelected and cost the taxpayer over £123,000 each year in a move that will embarrass Ruth Davidson as her London bosses believe none of her new Scottish MPs are up to the job.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tweeted this morning:
“This should not be allowed. Rejected by the voters – but installed in government anyway, via the unelected House of Lords”.
Commenting, the democratically elected SNP MP for Perth and North Perthshire Pete Wishart said:
“This is simply extraordinary and undermines the ludicrous nature of the House of Lords.
“That anyone can be rejected by the electorate and then just days later find themselves in a powerful government role is fundamentally undemocratic and should not be allowed in a modern society.
"It also says something about the new group of 12 Scottish Tory MPs who have been passed over and apparently not up to the job.
“The House of Lords is a ridiculous, archaic institution which is accountable to no one and yet wields huge influence over how our laws are made.
“Politicians should not be rewarded for failure and should not end up governing the country when they lose democratic elections.
“The Tories should think long and hard – to proceed with the appointment of Ian Duncan would be a big mistake, an insult to the people of Perth and North Perthshire and an affront to democracy.”
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