Here we go again

The Scotsman - - Perspective / Letters To The Editor -

The SNP needs to find a new hymn sheet. They are un­der the il­lu­sion that Scots want an­other ref­er­en­dum on in­de­pen­dence. That Scot­land will be deemed to be ig­nored is a given from the SNP no mat­ter what the out­come of Brexit. What is not a given is the chaos the SNP seem to want to in­flict on a Scottish pop­u­la­tion al­ready reel­ing un­der Snp-con­trolled un­fair tax rises with more to come, poor polic­ing, fail­ing ed­u­ca­tion and a mori­bund econ­omy. The tune has to change – or bet­ter still, the singers. (DR) GER­ALD ED­WARDS

Broom Road, Glas­gow On Mon­day I watched the de­bate at West­min­ster Hall on two pe­ti­tions re­lat­ing to Scottish in­de­pen­dence and I would like to add that the main ob­jec­tive was to ex­am­ine the con­cerns of the sig­na­to­ries. It was not, as SNP MP Tommy Shep­pard’s state­ment sug­gests, to as­sert the in­evitabil­ity of in­dyref2 in the wake of Brexit.

The ini­tial pe­ti­tion (“An­other Scottish in­de­pen­dence ref­er­en­dum shouldn’t be al­lowed to hap­pen”) was signed by 221,514 peo­ple, thus ex­ceed­ing the 100,000 sig­na­tures re­quired for be­ing con­sid­ered for de­bate. On the back of it the other pe­ti­tion (“Agree on a sec­ond ref­er­en­dum on Scottish in­de­pen­dence“) was also dis­cussed, al­though it gained only 38,515 sig­na­tures and did not, there­fore, qual­ify for a sep­a­rate de­bate.

The num­bers speak for them­selves – but will the SNP lis­ten?

REGINA ERICH Wil­low Row, Stone­haven

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