Le Monde: a French newspaper celebrates the diversity of Holyrood
A leading French newspaper hailed diversity in the Scottish Parliament after MPs took their seats in Holyrood.
Le Monde daily said the newly elected Holyrood is “very representative of Scottish society”.
It highlighted the diversity of languages that PSMs spoke when they took the oath or affirmed, with representatives speaking in Scottish, English, Gaelic, Urdu, Punjabi, Sign Language and Zimbabwean Shona.
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The Le Monde article notes that 45% of members are women, which means the Scottish Parliament is one of the first in the world to move closer to gender equality.
Rwanda has the highest proportion of female representatives with 61%, while Sweden is the best performing European country with 47%.
France comes next with 39% of elected officials being women. Westminster lags behind with just 34%.
University of Strathclyde political scientist Neil McGarvey told the newspaper that political parties in Scotland “have deliberately chosen women, ethnic minority representatives and the disabled” to lead their regional lists.
The article by Cécile Ducourtieux adds: “This diversity and the participation rate (63.5%, the highest since 1999) reinforce the legitimacy of this assembly and constitute weighty arguments for the separatists, who make sure that they are in power. govern themselves alone. a new referendum on Scottish independence, seven years after the 2014 consultation and the victory of No. ”
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The growing number of ethnic minority PSM was also highlighted with SNP’s Kaukab Stewart taking an oath to wear a traditional Pakistani dress and Scottish conservative PSM Pam Gosal wearing a veil and reciting the Mool Mantar, a Sikh prayer.
He also spoke to Labor MSP readers Pam Duncan-Glancy, who made history as the first disabled member of the Scottish Parliament.
The article concludes by pointing out that future Scottish politicians are increasingly looking to Holyrood rather than Westminster, with Strathclyde University professor Mark Shepherd saying the Edinburgh newspaper has become “more attractive”.
The article in Le Monde can be read HERE