We have to believe we can do better
SIR, – Thank goodness for one or two recent correspondents giving a positive outlook on Scotland being able to manage its own future.
It never ceases to amaze and disappoint me, the barrage of negative correspondence to your newspaper as regards the independence prospects for Scotland – and in particular a near-hatred of the SNP.
The idea that the Scots couldn’t make a better job of managing their own affairs than the shambolic efforts of the politicians at Westminster shows a total lack of confidence in ourselves and the abilities inherent in our people.
As regards the SNP, much of their policies also cause a lot of concern to independence supporters. Their continuing refusal to acknowledge the disastrous membership of the Common Fisheries Policy, and that this will never be acceptable to anyone with fishing connections, probably cost them every seat with a coastline in the last elections. The care policy seems to have problems and is leaving many families unhappy. They have never really addressed the major problem throughout the education system, such as the considerable inequality and disconnect between the managers and the educators; for example, the extensive use of zero hours contracts for lecturers while principals are paid £200k-plus.
However, that said, we can still fix these things at a Scottish level – plus we won’t have the unhealthy military aspirations of the UK. Policies such as Trident, massive arms dealings, support for countries like Saudi Arabia with their killing of civilians in Yemen, and our complicity in civilian killings in Syria. We also won’t follow the unconditional support for Donald Trump and the US .
We have the people and the talent to do better ourselves – all we need is the self-belief. Bill Liebnitz, Lossiemouth, Moray