WELL, there you go. We have been informed during this election campaign, vote Labour or Tory and a cornucopia of delights will descend on you; new schools, new hospitals, better care for the elderly and all sorts of super infrastructure projects. And the plus point; it won’t cost you a penny. Your children and grandchildren will pick up the tab.

I look forward to the day when all politicians are honest enough to explain to voters that to get the society we desire then the public must pay more; now. If not, we get the NHS, the schools, the police and the transport systems that we currently have.

We cannot just keep kicking the improvement cost can down the road, mortgaging the future of the generations that will follow us.

James Coley, Glasgow G73.

YOU report both the Labour and Conservative parties promising to borrow money to improve public services: they must think we are all stupid or perhaps just enough of us to keep them in a cushy job.

All through a decade of crippling austerity the Westminster Government consistently borrowed and added substantially to the national debt, which now stands at almost £2 trillion and is rapidly approaching the equivalent of the UK national GDP. The latest £48 billion annual interest repayment on the debt represents eight per cent of the tax revenue the Government gathered. It is however substantially less than the estimated loss of government revenue resulting from tax-evasion and avoidance that successive governments have failed to gather and which disappears into essentially the same pockets we pay the interest to. Annually the Government spends more on debt interest than it does on the defence of the UK and gives £15 billion more to the usurers than to Holyrood as a block grant which is supposed to take care of all Scotland’s basic needs.

The country hasn’t a hope in hell of paying off the national debt nor does government intend of doing so and couldn’t even if it wanted to. The financial system is happy to keep sucking up four per cent of the UK GDP annually and doesn’t actually want its money back it would rather it kept earning more for them. So my question to both parties would be if it’s alright to borrow more in the future why wasn’t it then? Why don’t we already have the best public services in the world?

David J Crawford, Glasgow G12.

WHILE the ex-Labour Ian Austin may be correct in stating that Labour is not fit to govern ("Scottish Labour loses another candidate", The Herald, November 8) it does not necessarily follow that Mr Johnson, given his past history, is.

His comments, when he was Foreign Secretary, led to Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, accused of spying by Iran, having her sentence doubled from five years to 10. He sent out a tweet during the English local elections stating that he had just voted, only to have it hastily deleted when it was pointed out there was no election in his ward. For some reason he became exercised about the packaging of kippers sent from the Isle of Man to the UK, blaming EU regulations for unnecessary complications. The EU pointed out that since the Isle of Man was not a member such rules would not apply. Moreover they don't exist, individual states set their own food packaging rules. Finally we are being told that he didn't want an election but it is unavoidable because Parliament wouldn't pass the Withdrawal Bill. But it was given its Second Reading and the bill was ready to move to the committee stage, the normal process, when the Government withdrew it.

Readers could no doubt add other examples of Mr Johnson's behaviour which they find questionable. Perhaps Lord Heseltine was correct when he stated that Mr Johnson was not fit for public office and perhaps Mr. Austin should reconsider his advice to the electorate.

Ewan Henderson, Haddington.

PLEASE allow me to correct an inaccuracy in Donald Lewis’s letter (November 7). Scotland does not have a devolved assembly, it has a Scottish Parliament where Nicola Sturgeon is First Minister. Mr Lewis says the "TV debate will be a major UK party debate, focusing on UK voters". Is Mr Lewis suggesting Scottish voters are not UK voters? in those sentiments Mr Lewis is making the First Minister’s case, that Scotland continues to be sidelined.

Let us take the treatment of Scottish voters over Brexit and remind ourselves Scotland voted to remain. There was no voice afforded to those voters at any Brexit negotiating table, surely an injustice to those voters and to Scotland.

In the last Westminster Parliament the SNP was the third-largest party in the UK and clearly demonstrated its ability to hold the Conservative Government to account, even successfully taking the Government to the highest court in the land. So for Scotland not to be represented by the First Minister at UK election debate nights is nothing short of a blight on democracy for voters in Scotland.

Catriona C Clark, Falkirk.