Letters: Could the SNP government be more inept?
IF this SNP government can further probe the depths of incompetence and inefficiency, then perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised.
We have a criminal investigation into potential leaks from the Salmond Inquiry, a criminal investigation into the SNP’s finances, a criminal investigation into the appalling events at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow where three children and an elderly person died , and now we have the much awaited announcement that the application of a vaccination passport scheme will not be enforced for 18 days after its hasty and reckless introduction tomorrow (“Businesses benefit from a ‘grace period’ to enforce vaccine certification, “The Herald, September 29).
It is now quite clear that this government is failing in everything it does and simply cannot keep its political promises. His behaviors are driven entirely by one issue at the expense of everyone else and even the Scottish people he is meant to represent. Independence is now so far from being the right solution to Scotland’s woes that Nicola Sturgeon and her government cronies need to seriously consider their positions. This country needs mature politicians and politicians to deliver the effective solutions that the people of Scotland demand.
Richard Allison, Edinburgh.
* NICOLA Sturgeon is desperately looking for a way out of the deadlock she’s brought her party into as the Greens now look like pocket dogs. The vaccination passport was never going to work and rushing it was just plain wrong.
The SNP quickly loses all credibility with rushed legislation and thoughtless simplistic responses to serious problems. How long will it be before his attitude to independence attracts much more scrutiny and scrutiny than it has so far?
Dr Gerald Edwards Glasgow.
INDYREF2 CANNOT BE DELAYED
What a dismal state our Scottish nation is in right now. The UK media are inundated with debates over the relative merits of two spin-offs of the original Ukip, one labeled Conservative and the other Labor. Leading figures from these two parties are united in their claims that the supply chain / tanker driver mess is not significantly attributable to the Brexit madness that has been inflicted on Scotland by xenophobic neighbors south of the border. Our right-wing media are complicit in promoting this laundering of the foreseeable consequences of the end of freedom of movement.
The Scottish nation must shed any guilt over solving our democratic deficit while Covid is still with us. Constitutional matters should not be put aside any more than health, employment, education or travel. The need to assert our right to take charge of our nation’s destiny has never been more urgent.
Willie Maclean, Milngavie.
THE UPPER LEVEL HAS BEEN TRIED AND IT FAILED
ANDREW Dunlop (“Why English ‘leveling up’ matter to Scotland”, The Herald, September 28) devastatingly points out that “the UK is one of the most economically unbalanced countries in the industrialized world”. He adds that – incredibly – disposable incomes in North East England, Wales and Northern Ireland are over 40% lower than in London. He quotes the NIESR study according to which half of Britain’s population lives in areas “whose productivity is no better than the poorer parts of the former East Germany”.
This uneven situation in the UK is the reason Scotland is heading towards independence. The ‘drift south’ began 90 years ago, as heavy industry faded in Scotland and northern England. The conservatives of Alec Douglas-Home have tried to move upmarket. They brought the auto industries to Bathgate and Linwood and the steel industries to Ravenscraig. All now “no more”. Harold Wilson’s British Labor governments also tried regional policies, banning industries in the south-east of England. It also collapsed when Margaret Thatcher returned to an economy for all.
Independence is the clear solution for Scotland. Lord Dunlop is expected to point out that the three countries around Scotland – Ireland, Norway and Iceland – have all doubled their populations since independence, despite being all located on the outskirts of Europe. Scotland, as a peripheral region of the United Kingdom, has had a largely static population since 1930. Like some islands in the Hebrides, Scotland has a disproportionately elderly population and a severe shortage of young people. Ireland, on the other hand, has one of the youngest populations in Europe.
Given this grand sweep of reality, Lord Dunlop’s ‘solution’ of transferring powers from Holyrood to local government is just pathetic. The upgrade was attempted and failed 60 years ago.
Tom Johnston, Cumbernauld.
THE UNITED KINGDOM WOULD Cease to exist
PETER A Russell’s comment that leaving the UK would be even riskier than leaving the EU (Letters, September 29) is misleading for two reasons.
The first reason is that the EU is a voluntary alliance between a number of independent and sovereign countries, each of which has the democratic possibility to leave the organization if they wish. Scotland in the UK is not.
The second reason is that it seems likely that the restoration of Scottish independence would require the annulment of the Treaty of Union which created the United Kingdom. Wales and Northern Ireland are in a union with the United Kingdom and not with England, so the dissolution of the United Kingdom would result in a union of these countries with a non-existent political entity. Despite the incessant use of the phrase ‘leave the UK’, the UK would effectively cease to exist if Scotland were to become independent again.
Peter Dryburgh, Edinburgh.
A CHRISTMAS WISH
All I want for Christmas is not to have to spend it in a freezing garden like it happened last year. However, while it looks like the turkeys will dodge a bullet, it seems likely that everyone will be served cold turkey or no turkey at all. And can Santa Claus drive a truck? Otherwise, it looks like our merry Christmas may depend on the seasonal goodwill of European truck drivers, who will of course be sacked across the Channel on December 24, in appreciation of the true meaning of a Brexit Christmas.
At least we will always have Jesus, Mary and Joseph and the little donkey. Thank God for it.
Ruth Marr, Stirling.
DO NOT WORTH ANY RESPECT
I REFER to the letter from Denis Bruce (September 28) regarding Angela Rayner’s use of the word “scum”.
I think we all need to be careful in our use of words. As Michelle Obama said, “When they go down, we go high.” So no matter how badly the Conservative government falls, the opposition must go further. Ms. Rayner has to do her best to keep her mind up and keep her vocabulary at a higher level.
Bruce said that “any politician worth his salt must recognize that political opponents have their principles” and that they deserve the dignity of respect. Unfortunately, Ms. Rayner’s opponents have shown themselves to be unprincipled.
There is no politician from any party who deserves the respect to tell people who have lived in Britain all their lives and paid their taxes to “come home”. No one deserves respect for telling border forces to turn desperate people back into boats and put them in danger of drowning. No one deserves respect for taking £ 20 of universal credit away from struggling families. No one deserves respect for reducing foreign aid to the poorest of the poor. No one deserves respect for making millions in times of crisis by moving millions from one tax haven to another.
Personally, I would not have used the same word, but the word I would have used would have had the same meaning.
Margaret Forbes, Kilmacolm.
PUTTING OUR FAITH IN THE YOUNG PEOPLE
UN Secretary-General António Guterres recently called on the world to “wake up” after painting a grim picture of “unsustainable inequalities, rampant climate change and reckless leadership”.
We the people must insist that governments go beyond rhetoric and take action to address the aforementioned crises. Take, for example, Boris Johnson’s climate speech at the United Nations General Assembly. Despite his speech that “humanity is growing and finally takes responsibility for the destruction we inflict, not only on our planet, but on ourselves”, he can, given that he is the example supreme of Mr. Guterres’ “reckless leadership”, to be trustworthy to live up to his UN rhetoric?
However, if we do not want to trust our so-called “leaders”, we have our young people in whom we can place our hope. We should rejoice and encourage their idealism as they participate in a peaceful, albeit passionate and noisy demonstration at COP26, perhaps even following their example.
I was very impressed with Rosemary Goring’s article (“I don’t even like having a parking ticket but we need people with the guts to break the rules,” The Herald, September 29) with her referring to “people who know what they are doing and the risks they are taking, and continue to do it anyway” followed by “to make society speechless and intimidated is, in my opinion, almost as scary than being sent to prison ”.
Well said, Mrs. Goring.
John Milne, Uddingston.
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