Having respect for political opponents
First, apologies to Mr Starrs for assuming he is a member of the SNP.
Also, I would like to apologise for using the term ‘nats’ in my letter instead of ‘nationalists’ and giving the impression I don’t like them.
I have a lot of respect for the nationalists in Scotland, however, I do see them as political opponents.
I found the nationalists I met on the day of the referendum while I was at the polling station to be articulate with genuine desire to improve the lives of ordinary working people.
So I find it confusing that they don’t speak out when the leadership of the SNP don’t back policies such as the living wage.
With regards to the Labour Party winning at Holyrood in 2016, yes, that would indeed be ‘breathtaking’ and at the moment the SNP are definitely the favourites. However, with The Vow being kept and with a new leader in place, I do believe it is possible.
My comments about Alex Salmond’s preferred parliament and Westminster was an attempt to make a joke about the fact it looks as though he is going to stand to be a MP again – the man who is always telling us how much he hates the place.
I know I have not answered all your questions Mr Starrs, nor do I see it as my place to do so, but I do sincerely wish you well. A D Moffat, By email.