Pretty va­cant in post-Brexit Bri­tain

The Herald on Sunday - - EDITORIAL & LETTERS -

IAIN Macwhirter is in prophetic mood (Why Tory Brexit spells an­ar­chy for the UK, Com­ment, Oc­to­ber 15). Seventy years of UK eco­nomic growth and the wel­fare state have been built on the price of food be­ing com­men­su­rate with fam­ily in­come.

Agri­cul­tural sup­port has a mas­sive EU in­put which is ba­sic to main­tain­ing both vi­able farm in­comes and the af­ford­abil­ity of qual­ity food. Post-Brexit, this sup­port will van­ish.

Scot­tish farm­ing’s vi­tal Euro­pean ex­port mar­ket will be ex­posed to both a pro­hib­i­tive tar­iff wall and any West­min­ster trade deal al­low­ing sub-stan­dard, mass-pro­duced food im­ports to dom­i­nate the home mar­ket.

Para­mount to Scot­land’s na­tional in­ter­ests will be re­ten­tion of agri­cul­tural pol­icy in an in­de­pen­dent par­lia­ment. An­ar­chy? With ac­cel­er­at­ing cli­mate change and food prices, Iain Macwhirter could have a point. Iain R Thom­son Can­nich IAIN Macwhirter is cor­rect in his con­cern about the Brexit punks. Many peo­ple, in­clud­ing me, have been aware of this for a long time.

Ever since the likes of Liam Fox and the mid-At­lantic right-wingers gained some strate­gic ac­cess to power, the an­ar­chy sce­nario was well on its way. They now have the Trump pow­der keg be­hind them too. We are feel­ing afraid and dis­ori­en­tated – and should be.

As Naomi Klein points out: shock po­lit­i­cal tac­tics are be­ing used around the world to cre­ate cri­sis af­ter cri­sis to force through poli­cies that will de­stroy peo­ple and cul­tures.

The Brex­i­teers are well in, and un­der­stand this tac­tic very well in­deed. I wish more writ­ers like Iain Macwhirter had the courage to make the same points. Gra­ham Noble Fort Wil­liam

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