youngian wrote: ↑
Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:48 am
Mr Rees-Mogg said: "Decision making in the Council of Minister is now almost entirely made by qualified majority voting, and I thought you would be interested to know that the UK has 29 votes in this system compared to Malta that has 3.
"That means per head per Maltese population, they have 15 times more influence in the Council of Ministers, ladies and gentlemen, than you do.
Does anyone know what he is talking about?
Yes. Malta has a population of 461,000 and has three representatives, roughly one per 150,000 people. The UK has a population of 66 million and 20 representatives, or one per 2.3 million, roughly. That means that Maltesers are 'better' represented by a factor of about 14, if you look at things in a simplistic manner. It's the Rhode Island issue. Rhode Island is theoretically over-represented in Congress because they have two senators (the same as every other state) and one representative, because of population size. Compared to the ratio in, say California they shouldn't have even one, but that would be a serious blow to their democratic rights, so they get one anyway.
Though I'm a bit confused. The Council of Ministers has 28 members, and does not have representatives as such, so 'm not sure where his numbers come from. I think he may be talking about the Council of Europe, whiich is not an EU body. Or he may just be making shit up.