Back­ing the wrong horse

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - COMMENT -

Sir, – Alis­ter Rankin claims (Let­ters, Septem­ber 10) that much has dras­ti­cally changed since “xeno­pho­bic peo­ple” voted for Brexit, with a prospect of “eco­nomic dis­as­ter”, in 2016, so jus­ti­fy­ing an­other ref­er­en­dum.

I be­lieve most things since then have not changed.

These in­clude the EU’S un­elected, greedy bu­reau­crats, with an­tidemo­cratic at­ti­tudes, dim views against any na­tion’s se­ces­sion from the EU and am­bi­tions for a United States of Europe.

Also un­changed are Theresa May’s gov­ern­ment’s bungling, half-hearted at­ti­tudes in ne­go­ti­a­tions and the de­mand by the Bri­tish peo­ple for restora­tion of sovereignty over our trade, fi­nances, im­mi­gra­tion and laws.

Does Mr Rankin seek re­sults from a “best-ofthree” (or more) ref­er­enda, aim­ing, as is the EU’S record, for fur­ther votes un­til the “right” re­sult has been ob­tained?

What ev­i­dence has he for at­tack­ing pro-brexit vot­ers of xeno­pho­bia, a charge that is some­times made against our Scot­tish na­tion­al­ists, but of un­known jus­ti­fi­ca­tion?

Our UK democ­racy has given us a hot­ly­con­tested Brexit re­sult, but what would Mr Rankin’s at­ti­tude be af­ter the horse he had heav­ily bet on came in sec­ond in a race? Dr Charles Wardrop. View­lands Road West, Perth.

Our West­min­ster and Holy­rood par­lia­ments and politi­cians present a mid­dle class view of the world that is far from where the real wealth is cre­ated, on the shop floor

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