De­mand is against will of the peo­ple

The Press and Journal (Aberdeenshire) - - OPINION -

SIR, – The SNP have de­manded an­other ref­er­en­dum on Scot­tish In­de­pen­dence. Note “de­manded" – against the will of the Scot­tish peo­ple (2014) and from a mi­nor­ity gov­ern­ment. The prime min­is­ter spoke on be­half of the UK Gov­ern­ment and quite rightly re­jected the de­mand which would be bad for the UK, bad for Scot­land and bad for us all.

A ref­er­en­dum can­not hap­pen un­til the Scot­tish peo­ple have had the chance to see not only how our new re­la­tion­ship with the Euro­pean Union is work­ing, but how the SNP have per­formed on ed­u­ca­tion, the NHS, and all other de­volved mat­ters which now rest with Holy­rood and the SNP Gov­ern­ment. If the last 10 years are any­thing to go by I would not hold my breath for any im­prove­ment. An­other ref­er­en­dum cam­paign will not solve the chal­lenges this coun­try will face and merely de­flects from the is­sues im­pact­ing it.

Why does Ni­cola Stur­geon not have a ref­er­en­dum on whether or not we want a ref­er­en­dum? With the coun­cil elec­tions due on May 4 it should be rel­a­tively easy to ar­range. Jim Bruce, Ed­in­more Drive, Daviot

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