Na­tional cri­sis

The Scotsman - - Perspective / Letters To The Editor -

Back in 1991 the then Scot­tish Na­tional Orches­tra dropped “Na­tional” from its name to be­come the Royal Scot­tish Orches­tra (RSO), my un­der­stand­ing be­ing that some thought the word as hav­ing parochial con­no­ta­tions. Well, that is un­til it was ru­moured the BBC Scot­tish Sym­phony Orches­tra pro­posed to add “Na­tional” to their own name, at which point a quick U-turn took place, with the orches­tra then be­com­ing the now muchloved RSNO.

So, Ni­cola Stur­geon, there is noth­ing neg­a­tive with the des­ig­na­tion per se!

How­ever, an ex­treme el­e­ment within the SNP tar­nishes the na­tional/na­tion­al­ist mantra and one sus­pects that no mat­ter how the SNP might wish to re-brand, the same neg­a­tive im­age will re­main in the ab­sence of a more tol­er­ant ap­proach to those of dif­fer­ent views.

MIKE DUNSMORE Lans­downe Cres­cent, Ed­in­burgh

Labour coun­cil­lor Scott Arthur at­tacks the SNP (Let­ters, 29 Au­gust), which is ironic as he is sup­posed to be in part­ner­ship with them in Ed­in­burgh City Council.

How­ever, he ends his last para­graph by say­ing sar­cas­ti­cally, “just take a look at what Na­tion­al­ism has achieved across Scot­land and the world”.

Well, for starters, across the world it has achieved in­de­pen­dence for a host of coun­tries from In­dia to Ire­land.

As for Scot­land, de­spite the hand­i­cap of hav­ing ev­ery ef­fort de­rided and sab­o­taged by the op­po­si­tion, the SNP has a re­mark­able list of achieve­ments, a few of which are free univer­sity ed­u­ca­tion, free care for the el­derly, free pre­scrip­tions, abo­li­tion of bridge tolls, a host of new road and rail projects, the best hospi­tal wait­ing times in the UK, and to top it all off, the new Queens­ferry Cross­ing, which the Labour Party did their best to stop, both at West­min­ster and Holy­rood.

JAMES DUN­CAN Rat­tray Grove, Ed­in­burgh

The mis­guided SNP free stu­dent fees flag­ship pol­icy has now ended up with more than half the stu­dents do­ing jobs that don’t re­quire a de­gree, ac­cord­ing to a re­port from the Of­fice of Na­tional Sta­tis­tics.

This ter­ri­ble waste of re­sources and tax­pay­ers’ money could have been avoided by a more even-handed SNP pol­icy of en­cour­ag­ing more school leavers to en­ter ap­pren­tice- ships and learn a trade that will see them equipped for life.

I know of many young elec­tri­cians and join­ers who are earn­ing much more than grad­u­ates, many of whom were mis­led into do­ing a de­gree only to end up work­ing in a su­per­mar­ket or pub on na­tional min­i­mum wages.

DEN­NIS FORBES GRATTAN

Mugiemoss Road Bucks­burn, Aberdeen

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