Scot­land needs fi­nan­cial con­trol

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

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

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