Pretty vacant in post-Brexit Britain
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