Time for a vote of no con­fi­dence in May Govern­ment over Brexit


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VOTES of con­fi­dence are a fairly well-known con­sti­tu­tional pro­ce­dure in the UK, though in prac­tice sel­dom used.

The present Con­ser­va­tive Govern­ment and its com­pe­tence over the ne­go­ti­at­ing and en­act­ing of the Brexit pro­ceed­ings are surely grounds for such a par­lia­men­tary mo­tion.

The UK pub­lic is to­tally in the dark as to where we are in this process, where we are aim­ing to be and how it’s pro­posed we get there. We also have no idea on the costs to var­i­ous in­dus­trial/ser­vice sec­tors (though there has ap­par­ently been re­search on this), the geo­graphic spread of dis­ad­van­tage within the UK as a re­sult of Brexit, and how this will im­pact on Scot­land to be parochial for a minute). I have yet to hear any co­her­ent com­ments from the Sec­re­tary of State for Scot­land on this is­sue.

As the Prime Min­is­ter (who has only lim­ited author­ity left) warns us to pre­pare for a hard Brexit, and the Chan­cel­lor states he has no bud­get planned to spend on this even­tu­al­ity, we should all fear the worst pos­si­ble out­come from this dys­func­tional govern­ment. Ex­pect no suc­cour from the equally sham­bolic Labour op­po­si­tion.

And re­mem­ber, as the Panama Pa­pers re­vealed, many peo­ple at the top of so­ci­ety have their monies stashed abroad in tax havens, and won’t feel the same Brexit im­pact as the bulk of the pop­u­la­tion.

GR Weir, 17 Mill Street, Ochiltree.

AC­CORD­ING to Neil Oliver, the High­land Clear­ances were mainly vol­un­tary and the in­hab­i­tants of those large tracts of an­ces­tral land be­ing sup­planted by sheep was purely co­in­ci­den­tal. Can I sug­gest that the ev­i­dence to re­fute this premise is clearly seen to­day in the bar­ren land­scape that was once home to thou­sands upon thou­sands.

How­ever, it would ap­pear that not only were hu­mans re­placed by sheep but over the in­ter­ven­ing years we as a pop­u­la­tion have taken on ovine char­ac­ter­is­tics. We have been bla­tantly lied to and ma­nip­u­lated into to­tally un­justly blam­ing im­mi­grants for ev­ery per­ceived fault in our coun­try.

This has been taken to the ex­treme that the fish­ing in­dus­try voted for Brexit even though it will be the first give­away to get con­ces­sions for the City of Lon­don. Or how about the farm­ing com­mu­nity be­liev­ing that West­min­ster will re­place EU sub­si­dies upon which most farm­ers to­tally rely for vi­a­bil­ity? This ef­fect has even spread to coun­tries when Wales, which is bank­rupt with­out EU sub­si­dies yet voted to leave.

Is this ef­fect be­cause we have are be­ing led by an in­spir­ing shep­herd? Hardly. When we as­sesses the buf­foons and in­com­pe­tents who are tasked with ne­go­ti­at­ing the fu­ture of our coun­try it is ob­vi­ous no sane per­son would trust them to muck out a byre. Mean­while the op­po­si­tion are will­ing to for­feit the fu­ture to save a few seats they are scared of los­ing if they ac­tu­ally show some back­bone. The sit­u­a­tion is com­pounded by their acolytes who bom­bard the me­dia with such fan­tas­ti­cal pre­dic­tions that one has to as­sume they are on con­trolled drugs.

Surely it is time to stand up to the ab­surd mantra that it is the “will of the peo­ple” and take con­trol once more of our destiny be­fore we are trans­ported to the eco­nomic slaugh­ter­house which is the Bri­tish Em­pire mark 2 fan­tasy.

David Stub­ley, 22 Tem­ple­ton Cres­cent, Prest­wick.

KEITH How­ell (Let­ters, Oc­to­ber 11) be­rates the SNP for short­com­ings in ed­u­ca­tion, health and ill-judged leg­is­la­tion, sug­gest­ing “the years ahead will de­liver more of the same as this Scot­tish Govern­ment con­tin­ues to fo­cus its at­ten­tion on find­ing ways of un­der­min­ing Scot­land’s place in the UK”.

Read­ers may be in­ter­ested in how your cor­re­spon­dent knows what lies in the years ahead given no one can say with cer­tainty what po­lit­i­cal de­vel­op­ments may lie ahead next week never mind years ahead; I am sure there is a Tory Govern­ment in West­min­ster which may in­ter­ested in his fore­sight should he be so gifted and per­haps he can tell us what Scot­land’s cur­rent place in the UK ac­tu­ally is so we can bet­ter re­flect on the ben­e­fits or oth­er­wise of self-de­ter­mi­na­tion.

Ian John­stone, Or­chard Park Av­enue, Glas­gow.

NI­COLA Stur­geon in one of her re­cent in­ter­views at the SNP con­fer­ence said that she is sym­pa­thetic to the idea of a sec­ond ref­er­en­dum on Brexit when the deal is known be­cause peo­ple did not know what Brexit ac­tu­ally meant when they voted in the ref­er­en­dum. Well, peo­ple didn’t know what Scot­tish in­de­pen­dence would mean when they voted in that ref­er­en­dum. We had the SNP’s White Pa­per but this was no more than a wish list and many of the wishes would have been cast aside through the ne­go­ti­a­tions that would have fol­lowed a Yes vote, dis­ap­point­ing a lot of peo­ple.

So if a sec­ond in­de­pen­dence ref­er­en­dum even­tu­ally comes about and is won, does the First

Min­is­ter’s view on Brexit mean that when a set­tle­ment with the rest of the UK is reached af­ter ne­go­ti­a­tions the peo­ple of Scot­land will be given a chance to ac­cept or re­ject it? There can­not be one rule for Brexit and an­other for in­de­pen­dence, can there?

Barry Turner,

5 Car­berry Close, Mus­sel­burgh.

THE Scot­tish Govern­ment says it will pay the Se­cure Sta­tus fee of 20,000 EU ci­ti­zens work­ing in the Scot­tish pub­lic sec­tor, at a cost of £1.3 mil­lion. But there are an­other 125,000 EU ci­ti­zens work­ing in Scot­land, so why not al­lo­cate an­other £7m for them? Many work in cater­ing, hos­pi­tal­ity and so­cial care on low wages and with lim­ited ac­cess to in­for­ma­tion. The cost is equiv­a­lent to 14,000 Baby Boxes at £500 each. They re­ally need help.

This seems like an­other head­line­grab­bing stunt tar­geted at more ac­ces­si­ble, po­ten­tial vot­ers, not a gen­uine at­tempt to help peo­ple strug­gling to get on, des­per­ate to stay in the UK, and of­ten iso­lated from good ad­vice on their sta­tus in the UK and how to fill in the forms.

And while I’m on the sub­ject, the peo­ple with the real problems are the near 200,000 non-EU ci­ti­zens, many of whose long-term goal is to be­come UK ci­ti­zens. This is a lengthy, com­plex process cost­ing around £1,400 and any help with ad­vice and money would be greatly ap­pre­ci­ated.

Per­haps this is too ex­pen­sive and not re­ally pro­mot­ing the “Brexit is a de­vel­op­ing dis­as­ter” mes­sage, but it would be a great help and send a pos­i­tive mes­sage. You could help 25,000 peo­ple for the cost of one year’s Baby Boxes (£35m).

Al­lan Sutherland,

1 Wil­low Row, Stone­haven.

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