The SNP’s argument for separating us from the rest of the UK cannot be found in a strictly thought-out, clearly articulated nationalist ideology, nor in the undeniable economic logic, In attacks, which are probably not with it. We last longer. Have to work, Mr. Blackford?
Martin Redfern, Melrose, Roxburgh Shire
Your editorial “Britain is fighting a dictatorship” (February 12) was well established, but was delayed for 20 years. This was evident when Boris Yeltsin unwittingly handed over the Kremlin to former KGB officer Vladimir Putin, saying that what Russia had hoped for in the early 1990s would not be fulfilled.
Any statements (which are controversial) about NATO not extending to the east (which are controversial) are invalid because Russia’s move towards democracy was reversed and Putin obviously had a very different character from Mikhail Gorbachev. ۔
You cite the additional threat from China, but it is the new axis of Russia and China (besides their junior partners Belarus, the other former Soviet republics of Iran and North Korea) that are reviving the Cold War that never ended. Despite being naive. The actions of Western politicians, business leaders and academics who deliberately made sure in just 30 years that, in your words, “China’s economy is so large that it cannot be ignored.”
Sir Malcolm Rifkind said in 2014 that Putin was not Hitler or Stalin. Probably not (not needed) but he has revived Stalin (who was a Nazi like Hitler), considers the demise of the USSR “the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the 20th century”, Budapest Memorandum Ignores Russia recognized Ukraine’s political independence in 1994, and wants to restore the Soviet Empire on Russian terms. Sir Malcolm, who was a staunch supporter of the Polish Solidarity Movement, may have accepted the “peace dividend” from 1992-97 as defense and then the Foreign Secretary from the seemingly end of the Cold War (albeit on the side of the Treasury). Have been forced on them). Update her thoughts in your columns?
John Burkett, St. Andrews, Five
I wholeheartedly agree with Jill Stevenson and John McSweeney (letters, February 14). It seems that your SNP correspondents have recently captured an unusual proportion of the page of letters, expressing their views repeatedly and in painful detail, and carefully avoiding any such facts. Avoiding what might harm their fantasy about the sunny mountains that they think would lead to freedom.
Referendums are totally inappropriate for deciding complex constitutional questions, as the Briggs disaster has shown. First of all, because there are so many interacting factors, the final result cannot be known.
Second, because the referendum should not be used for situations that cannot be easily changed – and so it will be in the case of independence, even if the results are unacceptable. People change their minds all the time.
Boris Johnson further labeled the SNP a “walking ad for Scottish independence”.
Jill Stephenson must correct her facts while defending the provision of the UK’s compassionate state pension (letters, February 14). The full minimum pension level in Norway for single pensioners is NOK 204,690, £ 17,000 per year, which is double the UK minimum of £ 137.60 per week. The Irish state’s pension is lower by Danish or Norwegian standards, but it is still higher than the UK, £ 213 per week. Since Bridget, the Irish government has scrapped its bilateral agreement with the UK to protect the rights of those who spend part of their working life in each country. This means that there is no risk of paying between the two systems within the Common Travel Zone.
No one will be forced to become a Scottish citizen after independence and how the UK’s apologists justify denying any responsibility to British citizens, some of whom recently moved to Scotland What if he has spent his entire life contributing to UK National Insurance?
Ms Stephenson claims that Scotland receives an additional 12 billion a year from the UK exchequer. Is the position where all important political, taxation and economic decisions are made in Westminster.
The result is a قر 2,223bn national debt to the UK, with Brexit and the UK government increasing catastrophic handling of the quod, while Boris Johnson isolating himself for quod-positive people. The latest whirlwind to do so will definitely reduc
e the number of pensioners. In England.
How interesting that Marie Thomas, a staunch supporter of the SNP (letters, February 12), has full confidence in the opinion of the former Tory Minister, Baroness Altman! Good Baroness is of the opinion that UK pensioners will be paid regardless of where they live – including in an independent Scotland. Let’s hope The question is who will pay?
Ms Thomas may have recalled the recent announcements by Nicola Sturgeon, who effectively refuted Ian Blackford’s erroneous claim that the Scottish pension would be paid from Britain’s “vessel”. Ms Sturgeon admits – or so it seems – that there is no such thing and that the Scottish Government will be responsible for paying the Scottish pension. But, that means they will be funded by the UK government because of their “historic obligations and assets”. This is contradictory. She acknowledges that there is no “historical asset” in the shape of the vessel. In fact, in 2014 he claimed: “We will guarantee all the accumulated pension rights for the people of Scotland. We are currently paying for state pensions. There is no money fairy sitting in Westminster. Yes and it provides all these things for no reason. Our taxes and national insurance are already paid for these things. We have only deducted the middle man. We will not send all the money to London first, it will come to us. It seems very clear to me.
Nationalists cannot be both. In the event of independence, Scottish taxpayers will continue to fund pensions, as Ms. Sturgeon claims they do now. Or its claim is incorrect and Scottish taxpayers currently do not contribute to the payment of pensions, which are being funded entirely by the large number of taxpayers in the rest of the UK.
Colin Hamilton, Edinburgh
Using the old sales technique, called alternative proximity, our sovereign has effectively put an end to any debate over the future of the hereditary monarchy in Britain. The question now is: “Should the country recognize the Queen’s sincere desire and agree that Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, be the future Queen” instead of “should Britain have an unelected, hereditary head?” Should there be a kingdom? “
Meanwhile, as we consider the situation in Ukraine and the future of pension payments in Scotland, the spin doctor is working to tell us that we now accept that Camilla is more suitable for the role and the country. Has forgiven and forgotten the past. Indecency
What then did the hereditary kings do?
Brian Wilson, in his latest column (Perspectives, February 12) criticizes the current SNP administration over the defeat of Ferguson Shipyard / Ferries, for no good reason. He likened his “reckless use of public money” to years of silent and just support for the yard by the previous administration. One wonders whether such a relaxed arrangement is entirely desirable out of the public eye – or even possible in this age of greater transparency. However, the key issue that arises is how the state can protect and encourage. Industry growth, as it seems, if we rely solely on the current market economy, we can expect a steady decline. The treatments tried by the UK government in recent decades do not provide much help. The broader policy of nationalization by the immediate post-war government may have accelerated the decline. Harold Wilson’s policy of persuading companies to set up businesses in depressed areas ended in a winter of despair. Can foreign governments afford to give a signal? The Soviet Union made rapid gains in some areas after the post-revolutionary catastrophe, but its hard-line methods could hardly be replicated here and it broke down due to public discontent. China has revolutionized the industry by building a vast pool of cheap labor and giving some space to businessmen – but this is just the beginning. Since reunification in 1990, Germany, a democracy, has been trying to bring the Eastern economy to the level of the Western Provinces. The process is not yet complete and has cost people trillions in the West, which is very messy, which could affect the voting style. I don’t know the answer to Scotland’s economic woes, but if the state needs capital to build industry. However, Mr Wilson believes that most of the money spent on ferries should have been spent on benefits and public services. I remember a picture from the time of Herald Wilson showing Tony Benn turning a big wheel to start the North Sea oil spill – and the black gold of the international oil companies, the city treasury, and the welfare state. Flowed into funding, which one might consider a very poor decision.
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