I ATTENDED the Brexit demonstration in Glasgow on Saturday (August 31). George Square was very busy but not full.

I saw Hammer and Sickle flags, presumably flown by people who were anti-capitalist yet supported remaining in Europe, a major player in the Capitalist system.

There was also a lot of Saltires and SNP emblems, flown by people happy to be subjugated to Europe-an politicians rather than English, Welsh and Irish politicians. A strange view of Independence, given Scotland would be a net contributor to Europe rather than a beneficiary of the UK partnership.

The event highlighted why the anti-Brexit movement will not succeed with opposition groups having varied agendas and different outcomes; a Labour government, independence for Scotland, a unified Ireland. The European Research Group has one agenda, which sadly gives it the strength to overcome) the opposition. People in the UK are being let down by all the political parties who are looking after their own interests first and those of the general population are incidental to other objectives.

We are badly served by all politicians and there is a need for radical change in our system.

Bill Eadie, Giffnock.

EIGHTY years to the day from the start of the Second World War and the unfolding full horrors of fas-cism, we have a UK Government, with a working majority of one, committed to suspending Parliament to get a controversial No Deal Brexit delivered with no electoral mandate for this and, moreover wish-ing to avoid Parliamentary scrutiny. We have a Government intent, apparently, on ignoring any law which may be approved by Parliament this week to stop it too. We have a Government threatening any MP within its own party ranks with instant deselection if they don't go along with it all. Then there are up to three million foreign nationals from the EU, risking losing basic rights in two months’ time, despite previous Government assurances to the contrary.

However, the right-wing cheerleading press, and many beyond, tell us rather cheerfully, that it is all just normal times, and we must remain calm and see it through for a better Britain. A "candyfloss of outrage" and "constitutional and proper" concludes the great self-appointed democratic arbiter of our time, the Government's own Jacob Rees-Mogg.

We don't appear to have learned the lessons from history in the "Mother of all Parliaments" when a governing party is prepared to adopt dark themes resonating from the 1930s playbook, claim it is "normal", then expect the electorate to rely upon blind faith as their only protection.

Not in my name, never in anyone's name, must this be allowed to go unchallenged if we are to be con-sidered maintaining a full functional and credible democracy.

Dr Glenn Thomson, Glasgow G42.

I AM amused at the one-sided discussion on fruit and veg imports from the continent when we leave the EU.

The French Chambers of Agriculture has called for extra subsidies in the event of a return WTO tariffs since one-third of their produce is bought by the UK, and the result would be a €3 billion euro to their economy. The UK is the third-largest market for Spanish farm exporters and there is equal concern. The majority of all food imports and exports of Ireland come via the UK so they would have major problems for their agricultural business viability. All other EU states export more food to us than we do to them.

With a sensible tariff regime the UK consumer will be able to access cheaper food from areas of lower production costs. Rather than buying cucumbers from the Netherlands, grown using a lot of energy (and added CO2) in a high-wage country, we can instead support the development of African or South American farmers which would have more profound societal benefits. The EU can either address the economic reality by allowing the many thousands of job losses in their agricultural sectors or continue to prop it up with inefficient subsidies.

We have the upper hand in negotiations on the area of tariffs relating to food.

Tom Walker, Loanhead.