Au­thor: Hol­ly­rood is ig­nor­ing big is­sues

The Sunday Post (Inverness) - - NEWS -

Alas­dair Gray, the ac­claimed au­thor and artist, has ac­cused the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment of un­der­min­ing de­vo­lu­tion.

He said they had done so by aban­don­ing pop­u­lar causes such as nu­clear dis­ar­ma­ment and the re­moval of US mil­i­tary bases.

Gray, who is seen as the founder of the coun­try’s lit­er­ary re­nais­sance, said he was “dis­ap­pointed in much of the de­volved par­lia­ment’s leg­is­la­tion”.

Al­though is­sues such as dis­ar­ma­ment re­mained im­por­tant for Scots in the coun­try at large, they were ig­nored by MSPS and min­is­ters.

“The things Scot­land wants is the re­moval of mil­i­tary and atomic weaponry, mainly owned by Nato bases and by the West­min­ster govern­ment,” said Gray, a no­table sup­porter of Scot­tish in­de­pen­dence.

“But the Scot­tish par­lia­ment has stopped in­di­cat­ing it will with­draw from Nato. The Scots have stopped com­plain­ing about some of the things they wanted the par­lia­ment to do.

“That’s why I’m dis­ap­pointed, and that’s what I will be writ­ing to re­mind peo­ple of.”

The 83-year-old La­nark au­thor will set out his views in a forth­com­ing pam­phlet en­ti­tled Against Scot­land As It Stands.

Au­thor Alas­dair Gray

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