Scotland should get what it voted for
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?