The Scotsman

Do union­ists re­ally be­lieve Scots are in­fe­rior to ev­ery­body else on the planet?

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The con­stant bleat of union­ists like Jane Lax (Let­ters, 5 S eptem­ber) that S cot­land is too poor, too wee and too stupid to be­come an in­de­pen­dent coun­try is be­com­ing weari­some, and frankly, of­fen­sive.

Are union­ists ac­tu­ally racists? Do they ac­tu­ally be­lieve that the peo­ple of Scot­land are some­how racially and con­gen­i­tally in­fe­rior to other peo­ples on this planet? Do they re­ally be­lieve a coun­try with world­class uni­ver­si­ties which is 35 p er cent of the land area of the UK with 60 per cent of its wa­ters, 80 per cent of its coast­line and 95 per cent of its oil, is re­ally too poor to sup­port a pop­u­la­tion of five mil­lion?

Do they re­ally be­lieve that we should be grate­ful for be­ing strapped, gagged, and im­mo­bilised to the broad shoul­ders of the UK and pre­vented from run­ning our own af­fairs whilst they drag us out of the EU against our will and to our se­vere detri­ment?

And as for the fur­lough scheme, Scot­land is en­ti­tled to sup­port from the UK Trea­sury like any other con­stituent part of the cur­rent UK. This is a right, not a gift, and an obli­ga­tion on the UK, not a ‘free­bie’, and an in­de­pen­dent Scot­land with its own cen­tral bank and cur­rency would be able to do the same and have the same bor­row­ing pow­ers and abilit y to gen­er­ate cur­rency. I am find­ing this cap-in-hand view of Scot­land by Union­ists in­creas­ingly of­fen­sive.

MAIRIANNA CLYDE Mer­chis­ton Cres­cent, Ed­in­burgh

Leah Gunn Bar­rett (Let­ters, 7 Septem­ber) rightly points out that an in­de­pen­dent Scot­land would be as able as the UK is to find funds to deal with Covidrelat­ed prob­lems, as nu­mer­ous other coun­tries have done. Scot­land is not a “small” coun­try. Both in pop­u­la­tion and in ge­o­graph­i­cal size it would fit near the mid­dle in a list of UN mem­ber states ar­ranged by size. Its size is nor­mal.

Chris­tine Jar­dine (Per­spec­tive, same day) means well, but it is un­for­tu­nate that she fol­lows the Bri­tish im­pe­rial dogma that the Scot­tish gov­ern­ment and SNP should drop the idea of Scot­tish in­de­pen­dence. Many be­lieve that in­de­pen­dence is nec­es­sary in or­der ad­e­quately to deal with our so­cial, ed­u­ca­tional and other prob - lems and to con­trib­ute con­struc­tively to the so­lu­tion of world prob­lems.

DAVID STEVEN­SON Blacket Place, Ed­in­burgh

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