We have to be­lieve we can do bet­ter

The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands) - - FEATURES -

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

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