According to the Ministry of Justice, it is fine to have two tiers of MPs at Westminster - those who are accountable to their constituents (in England) - and those who are not - those MPs from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland voting on legislation for England. Like Top Up Fees. And Foundation Hospitals.
Good heavens - Jack Straw is Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State For Justice. Well, fancy that! Shiver me timbers!
What a just man he is! Mind you, he doesn't like the English. He's been known to make incredibly bigoted comments about the English and warped statements about British history.
Remember this one from the BBC (click on text for link)?
Home Secretary Jack Straw says the English had used their "propensity to violence to subjugate Ireland, Wales and Scotland"
Perhaps Mr Straw's skewed and biased views on the English might explain why, when English people like Gareth Young write to the Ministry Of Justice, they get piffle and bunkum like this in return:
Your first concern is on the voting rights of non-English MPs in Westminster. The Government is against discrimination of any kind and would not consider the introduction of any legislation intended to prevent any British citizen from becoming a member of the UK Parliament solely on the basis of where they were born. More specifically, you referred to Gordon Brown being an MP for a constituency in Scotland. Under our electoral system the public does not elect a Prime Minister. Voters elect a single political party representative within a specified constituency. Gordon Brown, the member for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath, has been elected to represent his constituents and therefore legitimately holds a seat in the UK Parliament. Gordon Brown is also leader of the Labour Party. As leader of the party with the majority of seats in the House of Commons, Gordon Brown is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
Gareth's point was, of course, about democratic accountability. The Ministry Of Justice (!) deliberately ignores that fact.
Seems very twisted indeed.
And remember, if you're English, its leader, Jack Straw, has you marked down as a nasty piece of work - much nastier than any of those lovely Scots, Welsh and Irish folk - you're a subjugator, no less!
Talk about projection!