Stick to democratic outcome of ballots
Sir – I did try to read the substance of the Stephen Norris letter (August 18) but got rather lost in the ifs, buts and maybes.
I have no idea whom Jeremy Wright is or have I any interest in the Tory party and his comment regarding my supposed similarity and hearty support was just a cheap political jibe.
My first letter was essentially apolitical and my main concern was his concept of democracy. He is now devaluing even this with spurious arguments regarding sovereignties.
To my mind, and seemingly many others who have commented to me, the position as it stands is very straight forward.
The independence vote was a simple democratic yes/no, much against the wishes of the SNP who were devising as complicated a set of questions as possible in order to ensure a victory of sorts no matter which way we voted. Anything to confuse the voter!
The question was; (1) Do we wish independence and subsequent full jurisdiction of our Scottish sovereignty?
Or (2) Do we wish to remain part of the wider UK and accept the sovereignty of the larger body?
The people of Scotland opted for (2), without any attached conditions and all this EU nonsense was never given the prominence or importance that is now claimed.
The Brexit vote was within the UK framework where again the democratic majority decision was the result. And despite the prompting of all the main political parties to “remain” the people of the UK voted to leave the EU.
The SNP having lost the indy vote sensed another channel to fuel discontent by claiming that the regional vote was more important than the national one. A complaint not voiced after the last General Election, and many before, where a Tory government was returned much against the overwhelming vote of the Scottish electorate. But of course last time it also increased the power of the SNP who assumed that the next step was surely independence.
Democracy depends on everyone abiding by the rules, a vote yes/no means just that and it is the corruption of this elementary tenet by Stephen Norris and the SNP, purely for political idealism, that concerns me.