Scotland needs financial control
SIR, – Whilst Dr Fouin (Letters, July 12) can wax lyrical about Bannockburn, medieval tribes, bagpipes, shortbread and so on, he is well off the mark.
There are now in our country many modern and forwardlooking, pragmatic and levelheaded Scots who wish to run their own affairs in a federal if not an independent Scotland.
Granted, the UK stood together in two world wars but that is neither here nor there. Anyhow, we now have Nato. Our two countries will always support each other as good neighbours in times of trouble, such is the attitude of the modern-day Scot. Scotland will never fulfil its true potential while it receives an annual stipend under the Barnett Formula. This protocol is hated by the majority of Tories, anyhow.
Scots, per their elected government, need to have grasp of the levers of finance. The sky is the limit and Scotland has the ability to become the Hong Kong of the European Union when it can manage its own fiscal affairs under pure federalism or independence. Peter A Macari, Queens Road, Aberdeen