BRITISH employees are stressed. Whether or not it’s training, the police, the Nationwide Well being Service, native authorities, the civil service or nationwide corporations, and so forth., all are demanding larger wages and dealing situations. And commerce unions marketing campaign on behalf of members. In truth, the very material of Britain appears to be in peril, with huge destruction and dissatisfaction looming – the right storm.
It’s mentioned that the Covid pandemic has turn into the best disaster for the reason that Second World Struggle, and along with the long-term financial and medical penalties, we have now to take care of world warming, the struggle in Ukraine and the vitality disaster. All this has a detrimental impact on our life and the temper of the nation. The horrible factor is that the good bear of the east exhibits its enamel and doesn’t appear to be going to cease it.
I used to be born shortly after the tip of World Struggle II. I bear in mind meals books within the early Nineteen Fifties, folks have been low and grateful, the nation rallied to recuperate from the horrors of struggle. In a way, we face the identical disaster, and now’s the time for our nation to come back collectively. Whoever turns into Prime Minister has an enormous position forward of him to steer Britain via very tough seas and unite the nation.
Once I speak about a rustic, I imply the UK, as a result of aside from the truth that we face unimaginable issues, Nicola Sturgeon and her gang of separatists must destabilize and destroy the UK for no good or confirmed cause. Along with the “folks of Scotland” going through extreme price of dwelling points and unimaginable well being care challenges, we’re plunging into a brand new constitutional disaster.
Now will not be the time to destabilize Britain. The longer term issues and challenges are large and have an effect on everybody, however the partitionists appear joyful to be led by an impartial Scotland with no assure of success or optimistic financial consequence. In 2016, the primary minister mentioned: “Independence is extra essential than Brexit, oil and steadiness sheets.” She proved this to be true, as nearly each side of Scottish life is corrupted and corrupted by a divisive, slim, controlling nationalism that takes pleasure in blaming everybody and every part for its shortcomings. She didn’t present financial statistics displaying how an impartial Scotland may succeed, and certainly acknowledged just lately that “there may be no assure of success”. One in every of her senior advisers, Andrew Wilson, repeatedly says that independence can be “robust”. Week after week, one other nat disaster continues, right now persevering with the stunning annual drug-related loss of life statistic (“Extra pressing motion wanted as drug-related deaths stay flat,” The Herald, July 29).
Let’s help the brand new prime minister and breathe new life into the UK, the best nation on the earth.
Douglas Coe, Newmachar.
Certainly by now Nicola Sturgeon should bitterly remorse beginning her new struggle for independence? Is Covid actually over when hospitals cannot soak up new sufferers on the theoretically least busy time of the 12 months? Did the polls give the Sure camp a bonus? In tandem with this, issues proceed to pile up.
Ms Sturgeon has seen a pitiful one p.c drop in drug abuse deaths. Information for 2021 exhibits 1,330 deaths, up from 1,339 the earlier 12 months. Drug Coverage Minister Angela Constance must rethink her place, as this isn’t a discount in any respect, though SNP supporters can be determined to say in any other case.
Scotland can also be going through a catastrophic summer time of strikes linked to the SNP’s coverage of depriving native governments of funding.
It has by no means been so pressing that there was a concerted name for this unpaid, unworkable and downright harmful SNP/Inexperienced fixation with independence to be tossed within the trash, with all of this effort being directed in the direction of saving Scots lives.
Dr. Gerald Edwards, Glasgow.
THE SCOTLAND CASE IS VERY CLEAR
IN CONTRADICTION to Jill Stephenson’s (Letters, June 29) the case for self-government in Scotland is compelling.
With Westminster controlling our economic system, vitality, drug coverage, immigration, labor regulation and transport, any Scottish authorities, no matter political overtones, is severely restricted from doing what’s finest for Scotland.
Due to Brexit, our Nationwide Well being Service, care companies and hospitality sector are affected by recruitment and UK visa points. Our educational and college sectors are struggling losses because of the lack of funding from Horizon Europe. Our exporters are hit laborious by Brexit, and the UK’s failed vitality coverage has led to horrendous value will increase.
An impartial Scotland can be one of many richest international locations on the earth as a result of we have now one third of the UK’s pure assets, many of the UK’s oil and fuel reserves, and we export much more foods and drinks than the remainder of the UK.
Regardless of this, underneath the Union, Scotland’s GDP per capita compares very poorly with Eire, Norway, Denmark and Finland. As a lot oil and fuel has been produced in Scottish waters as within the Norwegian half of the North Sea, however the profitable governments of Westminster didn’t spend money on Scotland’s large renewable vitality manufacturing potential and allowed Denmark and Norway to turn into world leaders. The Republic of Eire’s commerce final 12 months reached a file 842 billion euros, of which 451 billion euros have been exports. Beforehand, over 70 p.c of Eire’s commerce was with the UK; ten years in the past it was 17%, and now it’s 8.7%.
Ignoring all the results, each Labor and the Liberal Democrats have deserted the EU or the only market, fearing a backlash from center England voters. With independence, we are able to all the time change our authorities if it would not work, whereas Scottish votes have modified the selection of the federal government of England solely twice since 1945.
Mary Thomas, Edinburgh.
OSETROV SHOULD REMEMBER HER WORDS
BRIAN Wilson (“Petty dishonesty now masquerading as Scottish management”, The Herald, July 28) makes some apt remarks about modern Scottish management. After all, when seen from the highest down, which means trying on the mindset of Nicola Sturgeon.
It’s value contemplating the affect Ms. Sturgeon’s feedback might need on the youthful era, particularly those that are simply beginning or creating their political careers and are searching for position fashions. She appears to do not know of the affect excessive workplace has on younger folks. To make issues worse, not so way back, training was the principle coverage of the SNP. Based mostly on current feedback by Ms. Sturgeon, it has additionally been deserted.
Albert Holliday, Newton Mearns.
BACK TO OLD THINKING
If my arithmetic is appropriate, the subsequent prime minister can be chosen by one among 420 folks within the UK, or one among 290 voters. Why not rejoice this return to the times of Rotten Boroughs by taking it one step additional by restoring what’s taking place in Birmingham proper now like Empire Video games?
Gilbert McKay, Newton Mearns.
EXTREME ACTION REQUIRED
WHEREAS I’m watching quickly creating occasions within the EU and the UK, it’s actually time for the UK authorities to declare an vitality emergency. Power is a quickly evolving problem that may hit us in a number of weeks and will actually take priority over the so-called local weather emergency, which has been declared to be in a number of many years.
Britain’s vitality wants for the approaching winter are depending on imports from the remainder of Europe, in response to Nationwide Grid ESO, and but the EU itself is in a state of emergency on account of issues with French nuclear energy vegetation and a extreme scarcity of fuel from Russia.
The federal government ought to deal with this as an emergency that appears to be in a tedium and anarchist inexperienced foyer.
Dr GM Lindsay, Kinross.
LIZBETH Colley (Letters, July 25) places the emphasis on ecology, speaking about local weather change and the wealthy man’s Lamborghini.
She could possibly be extra essential. Wealthy folks’s automobile racing continues unchecked, polluting the planet; and has been doing so for many years with out even the specter of a brief ban.
I am stunned this is not a topical problem to debate. Is it as a result of the motorsport business and the wealthy have extra political affect?
Jim Cook dinner, Airdrie.
LITTLE STORES OF DISCLOSURES
I REALLY loved John McNaught’s reminiscences of joyful purchasing days within the neighborhood (“Ah, the times of the massive native shops,” The Herald, July 27).
I bear in mind an actual genius I met after I was a really younger housewife in 1960… His title was Harry Corridor and he owned a small grocery retailer in Prescott, Lancashire. Harry may serve three folks on the identical time and hold all of the additions of these things in his head, after which give the proper totals and alter. By no means flawed, for me he was a genius. He wrapped and packed their items on the identical time. I used to like purchasing there on Saturdays simply to see Harry.
The opposite outlets on the principle avenue have been simply as full of life and environment friendly. The very best cake and pie store within the recognized world was Jimmy Ray’s, which continues to be owned and operated by the identical Ray household to today, with pastries made behind the shop. They made the perfect beef pies. On the different finish of the road have been the Whittles and probably the most magnificent tiny pork pies, baked once more behind the shop. I liked Harry and Lizzie Lyon’s old school place, nearly underground, with wooden shavings on the ground and scrumptious casserole meats on show, once more cooked on the premises. I have to not overlook my very own English grandfather, who sewed and mended boots and clogs from the underground and let me, a younger man, weigh nails on the scales after I performed store.
I’ve usually questioned what one man was doing when he was wandering across the metropolis with a notepad and pencil a few years in the past, however then there was a wonderful guide in regards to the metropolis because it was when the writer, Arthur Roberts, was a boy and I purchased a duplicate, a lot liked to today and sometimes seen, so far as I bear in mind Prescot, because it was in all of the tiny shops.
Many because of Mr. McNaught for dusting off my recollections of Prescott. I ought to add that Kelso additionally has some good outlets.
Thelma Edwards, Kelso.
YOU CAN’T SEE ME BECAUSE OF THE DUST
Since my participation in soccer is restricted to watching within the consolation of house and displaying it to a woman with an outdated voice field, I believe I’m an exception to the Katrina Stewart communiqué “With regards to train, males play soccer and we vacuum” (Herald, 29 July). ).
However you need to have seen my pure reverse flip and different stool maneuvers of my expensive woman.
R Russell Smith, Largs.
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