Trans­fer of pow­ers plea to MP

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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

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