Chaotic Brexit is not a model of independence – Letters to the readers
What this absurd argument implies is that the far-right fraudsters in charge of this process (Boris Johnson and co) should continue to rule Scotland.
Brexit was chaired by Johnson, a man so idle he couldn’t bother to attend five Cobra meetings during the worst pandemic in 100 years.
He was the man whose government wasted £ 150m on unusable masks, £ 10bn on a test and traceability system that did nothing and £ 16m on Covid testing that did not work, Boris Johnson renamed his plane at a cost of £ 900,000. Yet trade unionists claim independence is the problem.
These are the same British nationalists who applauded as 1.5 million European citizens were denied the right to vote in the 2016 European referendum. They did an about-face and now say that the ‘Scots’ living outside of Scotland should be able to vote in any future referendum.
Another insulting fairy tale is that in 2014 the Yes Camp agreed it would be a “once in a generation” event. There is no evidence for this as it never happened. Yet trade unionists believe that if they lie long enough about it, it will come true.
British trade unionists hold similar perspectives to proponents of the Trump-loving QAnon conspiracy theory. Both are ridiculous and have an aversion to reality. Yet they are both slavishly followed by stupid fanatics.
Alexander McKay’s devoid of facts (Letters, July 2) rant against the Scottish government demonstrates his tenuous understanding of reality if he thinks devolution has been worse for Scotland than Margaret Thatcher.
Like most conservatives, Thatcher failed to understand that government exists to provide a balanced economy and full employment for the people it is supposed to serve. Instead, it deliberately destroyed heavy industry and the UK’s manufacturing capacity by depriving it of investment, fostering a predatory and unproductive financial sector. Scottish shipbuilding, steel, coal, engineering and manufacturing, from cars to textiles, have been wiped out and no effort has been made to put the others in their place.
Then Thatcher plundered Scotland’s oil wealth to fund the wholesale privatization of state-owned sectors, causing mass unemployment, especially in Scotland, and grotesquely enriching the city’s bankers. Then came the debacle of the poll tax. Cabinet documents released in 2014 confirmed that the Tories had tested the voting tax in Scotland.
Decentralization has mitigated the worst impacts of conservative austerity and economic mismanagement, but without the powers Westminster retains – defense, foreign policy, economic and social welfare – Scotland will not be nuclear free, will not benefit from free trade with the EU or will not be able to support its people and its economy.
We have come to the end of the path of devolution as after Brexit the Conservatives reaffirm their toxic control over our lands, our people and our resources. It is time for our MPs to leave Westminster and join the fight to restore Scottish independence.
Leah Gunn Barrett, Edinburgh
Can I, a “football skeptic,” congratulate Joyce McMillan on his article (Scotsmam, July 2) titled “Football Caused Covid Spike in Scotland, Remains Excuse for Bigotry, Domestic Violence and Racism How long will the “beautiful game” have a free pass? “
My suggested response is’ until it is seen for what it is: the classic example of ‘circuses’ as in’ bread and circuses’. I wonder how many innocent people will suffer from the long term consequences of Covid to satisfy those who revere at the sanctuary of football.
John Milne, Uddingston, South Lanarkshire
In the opinion of all within the medical profession, the current spike in Covid cases can be attributed to increased activity among football fans in the ongoing European Championship tournament. Joyce McMillan tried to view this in the context of an overly lax approach by the authorities. But there are a number of points she should have considered.
First, the repeal of the Football Offensive Behavior and Threatening Communications Act (2012) has encouraged a section of supporters across the country to display attitudes that many find unacceptable.
Perhaps the railway companies could have been more active in preventing trips to London for the Scotland v England game; however, there is not much they can do when many want to travel. Restrictions on freedom of movement still remain the domain of counseling rather than education. It could hardly be otherwise in a still free society; it all depends on a sense of personal responsibility that too many people refuse to show.
Certainly, for the recalcitrant, there is the security of numbers; they may know that the police cannot arrest or charge them all. This is a safety valve that may be needed during times of actual restriction.
It can hardly be considered that football in Scotland has received a free pass in the last 15 months. Along with many sectors of the economy, it suffered from a lack of attendance. Despite this, some progress has been made over the past decade in making the grounds and stadiums more welcoming and civilized, although there is no reason to indulge, especially when it comes to race and religious bigotry.
In recent weeks, football has not been treated as a special case, but its fiercest followers still have to wonder how they could have behaved more responsibly.
Bob Taylor, Glenrothes, Fife
There must be an argument to increase Covid restrictions in Scotland. More people get sick and die than anywhere else in the UK.
Covid Scotland: Six new deaths from coronavirus as the record number of Covid cases …
Unvaccinated people tend to be younger, with more quality-adjusted years to live. Some increase in restrictions would slow things down as Scotland rolls out more vaccines. It’s not fair that so many people are dying when there is a solution in a matter of weeks.
W Anderson, Bangor, Northern Ireland
Was Nicola Sturgeon’s recent electoral success really a landslide? As she is now seeking the support of the Greens in a more formal agreement, this is obviously not the case.
There is a deeper problem here. Not only did few Scots vote for the Greens, but the party also won no PSM in the constituency vote. This means that if there is a coalition of any kind Scotland will not get the government it voted for.
Nicola Sturgeon seems happy enough to accept this unpleasant fact in order to retain power. It flies in the face of his constant rebuke from Westminster. This is not his only problem, however. An SNP / Greens pact will create even more internal tensions within the Scottish government just at a time when maximum coordination is required. An era of double trouble is coming.
(Dr) Gerald Edwards, Glasgow
On July 1, one of the hottest days of the year, Movies24 – which Sky and Virgin customers have in their packages – aired nine Christmas movies: A Christmas Duet; Christmas at Pemberley Manor; With love, Christmas; Christmas sound; Help for the holidays; Welcome to Christmas and it’s starting to look a lot like Christmas.
Customers of both subscription TV providers should expect immediate rebates on their next bills – and the government should start examining the behavior of UK subscription TV companies that blatantly steal customers in this way. If the BBC or ITV were to behave like this, there would rightly be fury.
Mark Boyle, Johnstone, Renfrewshire
Based on IPPC data, with the UK’s calculated share in the world’s total anthropogenic CO2 being extremely low at 0.0000065%, our decarbonization could not influence the global or local climate.
Recent and long-term fully justified complaints about, for example, our dirty sidewalks, rutted roads and buildings, convincingly show that concentrating resources and money – well over £ 3 trillion of by 2050 – on frivolous gestures meant to help prevent the world from climate change bear no relation to the obvious real needs of the British people.
So I suggest that while studies of the weather and its prediction are important, our major environmental efforts and spending should prioritize our crumbling infrastructure.
When it comes to UK resources, global climate change, man-made or natural, is best viewed as “strictly for the birds” and no more than a brief sighting.
Charles Wardrop, Perth, Perth and Kinross
The Dukes of Cambridge and Sussex have taken on an impossible task with the statue of Diana, Princess of Wales (Scotsman, July 2). No monochrome statue was ever going to replicate their mother’s beauty, which largely came from within.
Other statues of female public figures were also unsuccessful for the same reasons. Margaret Thatcher’s four are all horrible. The statues of Queen Victoria were successful simply because she was ugly, even as a young woman, and very overweight later in life after having nine children. It was therefore remarkably easy to flatter Queen Victoria with statues.
In classical times, didn’t the Greeks and Romans paint their marble statues? The brothers would always fail to meet people’s expectations in this regard. The resemblance seems closer to the Duke of Edinburgh than to Diana herself.
Nigel Boddy, Newcastle upon Tyne
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