Na­tion­al­ists are guilty of de­cep­tion

The Oban Times - - Letters -

Sir, Un­like your cor­re­spon­dents Yowann Byghan and Jim Waugh ( The an

Ti es, March 30), I al­ways find let­ters from Don­ald J Mor­ri­son from In­ver­ness ( The an Ti es, March 23) to be very pre­scient and per­spi­ca­cious, though one is left in no doubt as to his hos­til­ity to the creed of na­tion­al­ism and its ad­her­ents.

I have to say I agree whole­heart­edly with his view and I find that within the cir­cles in which I move, both in the West High­lands and Ed­in­burgh, th­ese views are in­creas­ingly held by peo­ple whose po­lit­i­cal sym­pa­thies are across the left/ right spec­trum. It seems that al­most as a re­ac­tion to the aber­ra­tion of na­tion­al­ism, peo­ple of all po­lit­i­cal per­sua­sions have de­cided the greater threat to our coun­try is not posed by those to the left or the right but by the di­vi­sive­ness and eco­nomic reck­less­ness of na­tion­al­ism.

In the case of Mr Waugh, he doesn’t so much chal­lenge the sub­stance of Mr Mor­ri­son’s let­ter, but more the man­ner in which the con­tent is ex­pressed.

Al­though Yowann By­gan does not lay claim to it, there are clear signs of ‘SNP po­lit­i­cal ac­tivist’ trans­par­ent in the de­tailed claims made on be­half of the SNP ad­min­is­tra­tion. The list is re­plete with pop­ulist poli­cies, and they have, in­deed, had the de­sired ef­fect in the case of many vot­ers.

What there is no men­tion of, though, is where the money for this SNP largesse has come from. It is cer­tainly not from any in­creased eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity achieved un­der the na­tion­al­ist watch.

The sources of the funds for th­ese bribes are two-fold. First, it is other ser­vices which have been starved of fund­ing (but we can al­ways blame West­min­ster) and, sec­ondly, the Bar­nett For­mula by which Scot­land ben­e­fits from the prin­ci­ple of shar­ing re­sources through­out the United King­dom. But of course that wouldn’t fit with the griev­ance and grudge agenda of the na­tion­al­ists.

The most en­light­en­ing state­ment from Yowann, how­ever, is the ex­pla­na­tion of the choice peo­ple now face: ‘The choice is be­tween one change and un­cer­tainty and an­other change and un­cer­tainty’ (so far so good). ‘The change to a hard-Brexit UK sep­a­rated from the largest sin­gle mar­ket in the en­tire world, or to a Scot­land free to con­tinue its growth as a pro­gres­sive and suc­cess­ful in­de­pen­dent na­tion.’ Well, with that choice, we can only go with Utopia, can’t we?

The peo­ple who per­pe­trate th­ese myths are guilty of de­cep­tion and mis­rep­re­sen­ta­tion. Those who be­lieve them are the vic­tims as it is they and the rest of us who would even­tu­ally pick up the tab for this Darien-type fan­tasy.

I’m with Mr Mor­ri­son all the way in his ef­forts to bring such cruel and reck­less de­cep­tion to at­ten­tion. A an Thom­son The d arn

i camb ad­dock tron­tian.

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