SNP can­not be blamed for nui­sance calls

The Oban Times - - Letters -

Sir, I am sure many of us must sym­pa­thise with the frus­tra­tion of Joyce Vick­ers be­ing plagued with nui­sance calls (Let­ters, De­cem­ber 22).

An el­derly friend has had up to 27 of th­ese calls in one day be­tween BT land­line and BT mo­bile phones. Poor in­ter­net cov­er­age in Scot­land is, of course, an­other big BT gripe.

I am not at all sure what Ni­cola Stur­geon can do, how­ever, as telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions and in­ter­net mat­ters are re­served to West­min­ster. In a sim­i­lar vein, and re­gard­ing the re­cent calls for the res­ig­na­tion of trans­port min­is­ter Humza Yousaf when a cou­ple of trains broke down, trans­port mat­ters are also re­served to West­min­ster.

Per­haps too many of us have been too quick to crit­i­cise the Scot­tish Govern­ment when we have not al­lowed our­selves to look be­hind the lurid head­lines in the press and on TV.

It is worth spend­ing half an hour read­ing through Sched­ule 5 of the Scot­land Act 1998 to ap­pre­ci­ate just how lit­tle of a wee pre­tendy par­lia­ment with wee pre­tendy pow­ers we have ac­tu­ally been granted. Ge­orge Loudon, 13 River­side Road, Kin­lochleven.

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