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Make Shipping Areas Into Parliamentary Constituencies

(Within British waters)
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Anyone who's heard the Shipping Forecast will know about Finisterre, South East Iceland, Rockall, Irish Sea and Fitzroy. Some of these will inevitably straddle waters belonging to another country - Iceland and the Cod War spring to mind - so these should clearly not be considered constituencies.

Anyway, certain people will be in these sea areas when a General Election or by-election is in progress. These people presumably have a postal vote. But this is disappointing. There are naval and merchant naval personnel, air-sea rescue, lighthouse keepers and people on oil rigs, and they should be able to vote for their own MPs in the sea area they are in at the time. This should be done remotely and electronically, once only in case of moving from one sea area to another.

Clearly sea areas are very sparsely populated. I therefore propose a third aquatic house of Parliament situated next to the current one but on the river bed of the Thames next to the embankment. This will have sixteen (I think) members who have a differential voting system. If the issue has maritime consequences, each of their votes will be considered to be forty times the value of a Commons member's vote. Otherwise it will be considered to have only a sixteenth of that value, meaning that if the House votes unanimously it will act as a casting vote.

nineteenthly, Apr 30 2017


       I see a problem here: Not-very-democratic countries like NK (just noticed that NK along with the UE spell a disaster) would send thousands of their people to vote for the democracies, and thus put in an outsider party headed by someone who could change everything to their benefit.   

       But since this will never actually happen, the idea itself is very nice. I stay neutral on this, unless otherwise convinced.
pashute, Apr 30 2017

       The tantalising thing about sea areas is that they would've been land areas earlier, but didn't have a name.
nineteenthly, Apr 30 2017

       Build walls along the lines that outline the sea areas, and drain all the water out.
pocmloc, Apr 30 2017

       Who decides whether an issue has maritime consequences?   

       What's UE?
notexactly, May 01 2017


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