Angus MacNeil MP has today hit at comments made by the UK Tourism Minister in the Sunday Express, in which he admits that the Tory/Lib Dem Government are considering the option to change time zones in order to suit those in the South of England.
In his remarks, MacNeil, MP for Na h-Eileanan an Iar, has raised possible safety concerns for young children travelling to school in hours of darkness if this change was to take place.
Angus MacNeil MP said:
“Once again this is the Tories pandering to voters in the South, forgetting about those in Scotland and the North of England. David Cameron said he wanted to ‘change’ the United Kingdom. Playing with clocks does not really improve the country.
“If we were to move to ‘double summer time’, as being suggested, for two months of the year nowhere North of Manchester would see sunlight before 9am – that is lunacy in my opinion and would likely have safety implications for school children.
“Lib Dem MPs from Scotland – especially those who claim to represent the interests of far north of the country – must say whether they support this proposal to plunge their constituents into darkness.
“My suggestion is that we move to a more symmetrical changing of the clocks either side of midwinter, thus making winter shorter and extending British Summer Time.
“The people of Scotland rejected the Tories. If the Tories want to reject Scotland then they should give the people the option of running their own affairs in a referendum”.