In 2012, the Scottish Government at least had the good manners to announce that a campaign was underway, and they gave us a date. This time there is no such good. It seems that the argument will be fueled before any plan is put into practice.
The interesting thing about all this is that nothing significant has changed since 2014. At the time, yes, the campaign lost the referendum because they did not have a forced economic case. Seven years have passed since it was fixed, but there are no proposals to deal with it. The truth, of course, is that the economic argument is a union power, and the SNP can do nothing about it. Therefore, due to lack of planning, we have irritating arguments, which are enough to divert attention from other important issues, but nothing, which even their own supporters can see. Can’t Nicola Sturgeon just admit that this isn’t going to happen, it’s just as difficult as it could be?
Victor Clementes, Eberfield, Perthshire
The SNP’s struggle for independence continues with little or no change in nationalist sentiment. But then, of course, their latest alliance with the Greens is designed to give them the much-needed slim majority in Hollywood. But the sparks do fly because the new partners have very little in common politically.
And, Perth, what happened to the slogan, created by generations of SNP fanatics, “Scottish oil”? Has the smoke increased since the Glasgow Conference on Climate Change? Oil and gas exploration is likely to continue for some time in both the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean west of Shetland.
To please its green friends, the SNP will no doubt oppose such issues, but then energy is not a transferable force. Anything more than matters related to the Constitution.
The UK government is still fully responsible for all such matters, including: macroeconomic and financial issues; Foreign policy and international relations; And defense and national security.
Robert IG Scott, Ceres, Five
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has stressed that with the current epidemic, it is time to resume the struggle for independence. If so, the Scots should expect A&E waiting times to get better as we get back to normal – but it’s not, they’re worse.
In the latest figures, one in four patients waited longer than the four-hour “legal guarantee” time. This raises the question: is Nicola Sturgeon moving too fast for another referendum or is Hamza Youssef Scottish failing to oversee the NHS?
Kenny McAskel refers to the millions who died in World War II for “Mother Russia”, but unless he includes Ukraine as Putin might do, he ignores that fact. Ukraine suffered more deaths than Russia itself (although Belarus surpassed both).
Moreover, like many others, he ignores the fact that Stalin’s USSR remained Hitler’s willing ally, politically, diplomatically and militarily, for the first 22 months of the 68-month war in Europe. Was involved in and fueled the rape of Poland in 1939. Luftwaffe during the British War in 1940 Stalin’s disregard for his warnings about the overthrow of his military and civilian leaders and Churchill and other plans for German invasion in the 1930s led to many Soviet casualties. And that other ordinary Soviet soldiers were behind the NKVD thugs who forced them to turn to better-equipped German soldiers.
Ben Wallace’s comments on the 1938 Munich Agreement were based on some Western proposals for a “Finnishization solution” that would effectively impose Russian domination on Ukraine. And Liz Truss proposed a settlement – one that would allow Russian troops to withdraw from the border area and respect Ukraine’s independence, as Russia agreed in the 1994 Budapest Memorandum.
John Burkett, St. Andrews, Five
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How depressing it is for many of us to live in a nationalist-run Scotland these days. The latest victim of hate-filled nationalist extremists is Sarah Smith. A talented journalist, “the daughter of the best Prime Minister we have ever had,” expressed her relief at being appointed BBC News Editor in the United States. To get rid of the “bile, hatred and suspicion” of Scottish politics, she said she was relieved. If even a part of what she says is true, then we have indeed fallen into a nightmare filled with hatred of a country.
She tells of motorcyclists coming out, knocking down their windows, and screaming horrible, insulting abuse. He claims, for good reason, that his father was a prominent pro-British politician, adding that he had been dead for 27 years.
When will it end? When will the poisonous sellers of nationalist hatred, online and off, come to their senses and see what kind of society they are building and what damage they are doing to the image of the country they claim to love? Are there Orwell rightly said: Nationalism is hatred of other countries and patriotism is love of self.
Alexander Mackay, Edinburgh
Yesterday, James Dornen, SNP MSP of Glasgow Cathcart, wrote in a tweet quoting Sarah Smith, former editor of BBC Scotland, that he “imagined” the abuse, hatred and mistrust he had experienced in Scotland. When the Times editor reported the tweet, Dornan doubled down on his behavior, saying he might have called it “exaggeration.”
Who is James Dornan who thinks he can determine how Ms. Smith’s behavior affected him? He was clearly influenced by his emigration to the United States.
I remember Sarah Smith talking about Nicola Sturgeon enjoying the opportunity to set her own rules. Only a half-wit would have thought that Ms Smith meant the Prime Minister got any pleasure out of it, but Ms Smith was disgusted as long as she was angry at the SNP on more than one occasion. Didn’t apologize for using the word.
I am disappointed that in Scotland we now have a political culture that determines what people can and cannot say and who can be offended.
There will be no apology from Mr. Dornen, no doubt, leave more than one.
J Lewis (Letters, February 17) suggests that the Scottish Government may “increase personal tax allowances” is a non-starter, as the Scottish Government does not have the legal authority to increase personal allowances. The SG Online says: “The UK Parliament reserves the responsibility to determine the tax-free personal allowance, and the relief and exemptions.”
E. Campbell, Newton Marines, East Renfrewshire
In his article “Edinburgh calculates the cost of breaking the Dundas plaque” (Perspective, 16 February), Martin McLaughlin quotes Professor Sir Tom Devine, one of Scotland’s greatest historians, who re-examined the context of the monument. Has been described as “bad history”, and Jonathan Heiner’s protocol. Political and historical sociology at the University of Edinburgh called it a “distortion.”
However, Sir Jeffrey Palmer, Scotland’s first black professor (and not a drinking history) has accused Sir Tom and others of being members of an “educational racist group”. It is baseless, provocative and racist. Or can only whites be racists?
Colin McAllister, St. Andrews, Five
Jane Lex (letters, February 16) blames Scotland’s cowardly measures to suppress economic activity compared to England. Apart from the fact that Scotland has a much lower mortality rate and infection rate from coyotes than England – surely she recognizes the value of saving lives? – She ignores the demographics.
According to the Office for National Statistics, 19.3% of Scots are over 65 years of age, compared to 18.5% in England and 18.6% across the UK, and the average age of Scots is 40.2 in England and 40.4.A in the UK. Is 42.1. The biggest challenge for Scotland’s economic future is to address wage variations within Scotland. As oil and gas production in the North Sea declines, the northeastern economy will need significant investment to realize the opportunities that come from renewable sources.
But key economic powers, such as large-scale economic debt, are safe for Westminster. London’s decision to invest in the Aberdeenshire Acorn project in carbon capture and storage projects in northern England will cost Scotland jobs and slow economic growth.
The decision, driven by the Tories’ desire to cling to the “red wall” seats in the north of England, instead of saving jobs in Scotland’s North East, explains why Scotland needs full independence.
Otherwise, we will continue to be ruled by Westminster, which will never put Scotland’s interests first.
Leah Gunn Barrett, Edinburgh
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