THE PA­TRI­OTIC POUND

Scottish Field - - YOUR LETTERS - Arthur Grainger, La­nark

Af­ter Bill Jamieson’s sug­ges­tion that our econ­omy may be hin­dered by the lower pro­duc­tiv­ity of fam­ily-owned busi­nesses [In the Fam­ily Way, June 2017], I feel com­pelled to write in sup­port all of Scot­land’s busi­nesses, large and small.

I’m not a wealthy per­son, but I buy your fine mag­a­zine be­cause you sup­port Scot­tish busi­nesses. I have a ‘Buy Scot­tish’ ethos, and you tell me who is out there and what they sell.

My pas­sion for buy­ing home-made goods has come from the re­al­i­sa­tion that we used to man­u­fac­ture many great prod­ucts – which were of­ten in­vented by Scots – but over the past few decades man­u­fac­tur­ing has moved away, leav­ing us with lit­tle more than sou­venirs to make and sell to tourists.

Ev­ery Scot I’ve ever met claims they love and sup­port Scot­land – a fine prin­ci­ple, but one which many don’t prac­tice. When shop­ping I con­sciously favour Scot­tish-made prod­ucts and have proved that it is per­fectly pos­si­ble to en­tirely fur­nish your home with Scot­tish-made fur­ni­ture and house­hold items. You can fill your wardrobes and draw­ers with clothes made by Scot­tish com­pa­nies; you can cer­tainly fill your cup­boards, fridge, freezer and pantry with Scot­tish pro­duce. I even have Scot­tish­made wi-fi and DAB ra­dios and a large hi-fi sys­tem with other Scot­tish-made com­po­nents – even the wires and head­phones were de­signed and man­u­fac­tured in Scot­land, by Scots.

The qual­ity of prod­ucts made in Scot­land is in­vari­ably ex­cel­lent, yet ev­ery day Scots de­fault to non-Scot­tish prod­ucts, which has huge im­pli­ca­tions for all of us. How much bet­ter it would be if we all adopted a ‘Buy Scot­tish’ ethos.

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