Scot­land should get what it voted for

Lennox Herald - - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR -

In Septem­ber 2014, dur­ing the Scot­tish In­de­pen­dence ref­er­en­dum, we were warned by the pro-es­tab­lish­ment Bet­ter To­gether cam­paign that a Yes vote would mean a num­ber of things:

1 There would be un­cer­tainty, the econ­omy would suf­fer and jobs would go;

2 There would be in­sta­bil­ity and, again, jobs and the econ­omy would suf­fer and;

3 That an in­de­pen­dent Scot­land would not be al­lowed to re-en­ter the Euro­pean Union.

Dur­ing and in the pe­riod af­ter the vote it was clear that some peo­ple be­lieved this and the No vote was tri­umphant.

Two-and-a-half years later, with Brexit, we are now pre­par­ing to leave the biggest trad­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion in the world, the Euro­pean Union.

We are now fac­ing greater in­sta­bil­ity and un­cer­tainty than ever as the UK gov­ern­ment and the Prime Min­is­ter, Theresa May, clearly does not have a plan to deal with this.

And in the chaos and con­fu­sion it is clear that the views of Scot­land and North­ern Ire­land, who both voted heav­ily to re­main, are go­ing to be ig­nored.

With the pound in freefall and most eco­nomic ex­perts fore­cast­ing a sharp rise in in­fla­tion one thing is clear: the price of food and other prod­ucts will rise.

Dither­ing Theresa, as it be­comes ap­par­ent that the EU is go­ing to adopt a harder po­si­tion to­wards Bri­tain, is now at­tempt­ing to cosy-up to the most bel­liger­ent, least diplo­matic and most iso­la­tion­ist US pres­i­dent in mod­ern his­tory.

What is it about his Amer­ica First po­si­tion that she doesn’t un­der­stand?

With cir­cum­stances hav­ing changed dra­mat­i­cally, and a huge amount of un­cer­tainty ahead, there now looms the very real pos­si­bil­ity of and Indy Ref 2 some­time in the fu­ture.

It is clear that Scot­land should get what it voted for in­stead of be­ing dragged down the xeno­pho­bic route of May, Farage and their fel­low lit­tle Eng­lan­ders.

James Cor­mack, Dum­buck Cres­cent, Dum­bar­ton

Shortly af­ter the UK Leave vote in the ref­er­en­dum Mar­garet Thatcher’s for­mer Chan­cel­lor, Lord Nigel Law­son said: “Brexit gives us the op­por­tu­nity … to fin­ish the job that Mar­garet Thatcher started” (FT, Septem­ber 2, 2016).

Whilst Scot­land voted to Re­main I’m sure most of those who did vote Leave in Scot­land did not do so to take Scot­land back to the 1980s.

But with Theresa May and the Tories ar­ro­gantly sug­gest­ing they will just ig­nore Scot­land’s po­si­tion it looks like they are plan­ning what Nigel Law­son sug­gests.

Theresa May has failed to rule out open­ing up the NHS to pri­vate US health providers as she des­per­ately seeks a trade deal with Trump (In­de­pen­dent, Jan­uary 25 2017).

She also sug­gests she might turn the UK into a tax haven by mak­ing mas­sive tax cuts - cuts that could only come with cuts to pub­lic ser­vices (UK Busi­ness In­sider, Jan 16 2017).

Iain Dun­can Smith’s cuts to wel­fare for fam­i­lies and the vul­ner­a­ble will con­tinue (Mir­ror, Septem­ber 18 2016), and a Bed­room Tax Mark 2 is al­ready be­ing con­sid­ered (Her­ald, Jan­uary 3, 2017).

It is no longer sim­ple Brexit but a Tory hard Brexit we all now face.

In the month of May Scot­land faces an­other elec­tion for Scot­land’s coun­cils.

The Tories will treat them as a vote to en­dorse their ver­sion of Brexit. Ev­ery vote they get they will claim is a vote for that means they can do what they like to Scot­land and we’ll just take it.

They will be hop­ing that peo­ple who op­pose their poli­cies don’t turn out so that they get a big­ger share of the vote.

So the only way to send them a mes­sage that peo­ple don’t want their ver­sion of Brexit is to turn out in num­bers so that they can­not claim peo­ple want a re­turn to the 1980s.

Bill Wal­lace, Wyn­d­ford Road Glas­gow

I was as­tounded to learn that Loch Lomond and the Trossachs Na­tional Park are clos­ing the pub­lic slip­way at Mi­lar­rochy Bay on East Loch Lomond.

This launch­ing slip­way has been avail­able to boaters for many years, even be­fore the NPA be­gan charg­ing for launches.

Mi­lar­rochy rep­re­sents 50 per­cent of NPA launch­ing fa­cil­i­ties.

As a body claim­ing that this is ‘Your Park’ and pro­mot­ing recre­ation in the Na­tional Park how can they jus­tify this?

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