Transfer of powers plea to MP
Sir – I must say I agree with Alistair Jack MP when he says the First Minister should concentrate on the day job and the things that are really important to people.
Healthcare is really important to me and I am grateful to the Scottish Government for the best healthcare system in the British Isles, free at point of use.
That is, of course, unlike in England where I would have to pay £9 for every prescription and be charged £40 to jump the queue to see a GP in a health service partly run by Richard Branson’s private healthcare company. Around 1.3 million asthma suffers in England skip some of their doses to save costs, according to Asthma UK.
On that note, I thank all the European citizens who have come to Scotland to work in our health service, hotels and care sector. Scotland would not function without these workers. We should be grateful that the Scottish Government has not only opposed the hostile and disgraceful antiimmigration stance of the Westminster Conservatives but has quite correctly stated that immigration must be devolved to Holyrood.
A prosperous Scotland requires free movement of people. Federal Quebec in Canada has its own immigration system.
There should be no problems transferring these powers to Holyrood, supposedly the most powerful devolved parliament in the world.
Therefore, I look forward to Mr Jack supporting that as someone who wants to stand up for this region.
John Schofield Dumfries and Galloway English Scots for Yes