AS somebody who intends to vote Yes next September, I fervently hope Sir John Major continues to give us his views on Scottish independence ("Former PM predicts Scots No vote", The, Herald, October 23).
The juxtaposition of these with his comments on how the poor might cope with a cold winter was deeply ironic. He says it is unacceptable to have to choose between keeping warm and eating. (Sir John has form in the investiture of truisms with gravitas. At the height of the Northern Ireland Troubles he once said, "Imagine if this sort of thing were happening in Surrey!")
Of the poor, he says "to the shame of decades of politicians, and I include myself in this, there are still millions and millions of them", Sir John just doesn't seem to be able to make the mental leap that some of these millions might indeed feel they have been let down, might feel they have been governed from afar and therefore disenfranchised, and might therefore wish to take charge of their own destiny.
Dr Hamish Maclaren,
1 Grays Loan, Thornhill,
OVER the last few days I've been reading headlines and articles in The Herald about what the SNP will do "after independence" such as the "slashing of fuel bills" by £70 per year ("Sturgeon vows to slash fuel bills by £70 on Yes vote win", The Herald, October 19). Putting that into context, the Liberal Democrats have "slashed" virtually everyone's tax bills by £600 per year by raising the tax threshold for all those on standard rate taxation.
And as for Iain Macwhirter's recent comment about the SNP "always seen to be leading" (referring to moving on the devolution debate) - is this the same SNP who refused to join the Scottish Constitutional Convention and who fought tooth and nail against devolution until the very last moment when Alex Salmond saw he was beaten ("SNP should be bold and call pre-referendum convention", The Herald, October 17)? Is this the same SNP who fought against the Scotland Act 2012 which gave Scotland more fiscal powers than it has had since 1707?
The SNP have done little or nothing to further the cause of Scottish self-government, never mind leading it. The only thing they have done, ad infinitum, is to call for independence, and to say anything that comes into their heads if they feel it will persuade a few more people to follow their ideology.
Liberal Democrat Councillor for Paisley South West,
13 Greenways Avenue, Paisley.
A SCOTTISH Government spokesman is quoted as saying that the pound is as much Scotland's as it is the rest of the UK's in response to a prediction by foreign exchange specialists that the UK will never agree to a currency union after an independence vote ("UK 'will never agree to a currency union after independence vote'", The Herald, October 22).
Perhaps the spokesman could explain why it is acceptable that it is legitimate in England to refuse to accept banknotes issued by Scottish banks.
R Russell Smith,
96 Milton Road, Kilbirnie.
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