August 14, 2022

FOLLOWING the present Conservative Social gathering management contest with a distinctly grim sense of dread and foreboding as Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak bicker and squabble over who’s Margaret Thatcher’s true inheritor, I sincerely query the true function of our British so-called political administration.

Whereas the SNP/Inexperienced-run Scottish authorities – like most administrations all over the world – is way from excellent, there’s not less than some semblance of engaged on behalf of and for communities throughout Scotland.

However watching the Sunak vs. Truss catfight carried out in a petty, bitter, and divisive tone because the nation plunges into deeper and deeper hazard, evidently the actually severe issues and people which are detrimental to unusual Britons alone are hardly value mentioning in the present day. let severe evaluation and dialogue.

The very day that London killed, and even since, no candidate has talked about how, if elected by a tiny, unrepresentative minority of the UK inhabitants, the existential threats of our time, such because the emergency and the price of residing disaster, could be combating candidates preferring to squabble over taxation and who’re able to cracking down tougher on (the Conservative Social gathering’s favourite phrase) determined folks fleeing starvation, persecution and battle zones all over the world.

Nevertheless, getting the Conservative ticket to guide the celebration to – and fairly presumably even win – the following common election stays on the heart of the Tory celebration’s ambitions, offering rather more of the identical empty guarantees and much more draconian, populist political dogma and rhetoric. .

However to hell with the citizens’s fears in regards to the rising development of meals banks, the disaster of social safety and the Nationwide Well being Service, skyrocketing gas costs, skyrocketing electrical energy payments, excessive and rising inflation, the entire catastrophic finish product inflicted on the nation after a dozen years ruinous, self-serving and unscrupulous conservative authorities.

And that is to not point out the obvious error of judgment that was and nonetheless is Brexit; Excursions even tries to persuade us that it is a resounding success.

Thus, we British and Scots, who find yourself paying immediately or not directly for your entire authorities firmament, are seen as gullible puppets, dupes and mugs.

Idiot us extra; No matter your views on the constitutional query, we Scots actually should, for the great of our nation, act to forestall a brand new interval of the identical outdated irrelevance, lying and flagrant political self-interest.

Mike Wilson, Longnidri.


I do not know the way a Margaret Thatcher tribute efficiency, i.e. preening Liz Truss (all the way down to driving a tank or sporting a Russian fur hat in Pink Sq.), will face up to media scrutiny this summer season. How would she survive Andrew Neal’s grill? Can she deal with Holly Willoughby?

The unsuccessful go to to Moscow, which brought on Sergey Lavrov to snigger (our media, kindly, didn’t clarify, however the European media mercilessly mocked her), confirmed how empty she was. She didn’t know that Rostov was a part of Russia, and she or he confused the Baltic and Black Seas.

Miss Truss has lengthy been often known as a chameleon. At a Liberal Democrat convention in 1994, Paddy Ashdown stated that his celebration was doomed if its proposal to abolish the monarchy was accepted. He felt relieved when she left. At the moment she extols a worldwide Britain, however in 2016 she stated: “If you would like a rustic centered on peace wanting outward, vote to remain.”

Throughout the management contest, she repeatedly requested us to try the commerce offers she made. Sure, let’s have a look at. Brexit supporters have assured that we’ll get a free commerce settlement with the US. This was to reassure us that leaving probably the most profitable financial bloc on Earth doesn’t lower us off from the world. President Joe Biden won’t approve of this as Brexit is holding the Good Friday Settlement hostage. Within the meantime, we have now misplaced £20bn of exports to the EU.

As Commerce Secretary after which International Secretary, she disingenuously introduced the succession of offers as commerce agreements, resembling Canada in March 2021. Ottawa nonetheless will not allow us to export cheese as a result of the EU has crammed that quota. There was even a suggestion, after the US lower the bottom from below its ft, that we may be a part of the US-Mexico-Canada Settlement (USMCA), however the important thing was within the title. What she fails to know is that there are explanation why neighboring nations cooperate economically. We have been a part of a bloc of 500 million folks.

Undaunted, she introduced a commerce cope with Japan. It was a lot worse than what we had, a clip of Emily Thornberry displaying it within the Commons went viral. “We may commerce with Indonesia,” exclaimed Miss Truss enthusiastically, “however the common per capita GDP is $4,000; Germany – $46,000. What’s going to they purchase? Speak of commerce with a protectionist pro-Russian India turned visibly lukewarm once they demanded that hundreds of Indians enter the UK. “Brexit is completed,” she quotes the celebration mantra, however Northern Eire will show in any other case.

The fact is that Ms. Truss has not made us International Britain, she has made us Little Britain.

John W. Lloyd, Inverkeithing.


In response to Rishi Sunak, presumably the following prime minister, Britain is going through a nationwide emergency. He goes on to element financial crises, the NHS, and unlawful immigration.

Ian McWhirter (“Tory to be bombed if ‘human hand grenade’ goes PM”, July 24) writes: “The Tories are falling. No authorities can survive inflation, industrial unrest, misplaced wages, rates of interest and the chaos of Brexit. Governments must take the blame, and in 14 years, when the following election comes, they’re virtually sure to lose.”

sadly, he continues: “The employees are as disadvantaged of financial coverage as are the Tories.”

Our struggling is compounded by the petition, which has already garnered hundreds of signatures, that the present occupant of No. 10 ought to stay in workplace.

Clarke Cross (Letters, July 24) complains that actual asylum seekers may have sought a greater life in any of the 27 EU nations, as a substitute of coming to the UK, which they have been offered because the land of milk and honey.

Earlier than they know the reality, I ponder how many people are tempted to fulfill them and greet them with, “Listed here are the keys to my automotive buddy. Can I borrow your boat?”

Alan Carmichael, Glasgow.

BUCK stops with STurgeon

It may come as a aid to Nicola Sturgeon if the Supreme Courtroom rejects her plan for independence. She’s already hooked.

Issues nearer to dwelling appear to overwhelm the Scottish authorities. Well being points are actually “within the highlight” or not less than must be. Nothing demonstrates the utter complacency and incompetence of the SNP/Inexperienced alliance greater than the surprising new drug dying statistics displaying a ridiculous one % drop in deaths regardless of the embarrassingly excessive whole from the earlier yr. What did the federal government do final yr? Can he repair one thing?

Angela Constance actually can not ignore this difficulty. She failed miserably. Ms. Sturgeon additionally can not absolve herself of guilt. Buck stops together with her.

Dr. Gerald Edwards, Glasgow.


There was silence since your article final month (“Alarm over new session to take baby safety companies out of councils,” June 26) about how the proposed Nationwide Care Service will take many companies out of native authorities. Nevertheless, this laws could be disastrous for social help recipients.

What’s required for high quality grownup social care is a piece tradition that gives sufficient assist to casual caregivers and strengthens the consumer’s social bonds. This requires the well timed enter of specialists (with the good duty of common practitioners) and paid employees who’ve the time and coaching to share related data with different professionals and share care expertise with household and pals. Organizational change won’t result in a change in tradition.

Such a change would require sufficient assets. This isn’t supplied for by laws, which is concentrated on the mannequin of offering companies on order, and never on direct provision. Commissioning won’t (within the absence of a Payroll Board) present sufficient coaching, pay and circumstances for employees. This could depart good employers, together with many native governments and nonprofits, unable to compete financially. The outcome, as with residential care, will probably be widespread privatization of companies, in addition to a lack of democratic accountability via native governments.

There may be additionally an issue with the Scottish authorities’s managerial capacity to cope with main organizational change. The corporate has up to now spent greater than £500,000 to interact personal exterior consultants to develop the “enterprise case and working fashions” of the nationwide well being care service. This might properly pave the way in which for multimillion-dollar contracts for IT and knowledge companies.

It’s to be hoped that the invoice is not less than restricted to grownup social care and that Holyrood is contemplating options to additional privatization and centralization. The present proposals are at finest distracting and at worst will result in a major deterioration within the high quality of companies.

David Mumford, Dunbar.


I’ve NOT visited Ecclefechan (famously often known as The Fechan) for fairly a while, however it’s clear that it has potholes of epic proportions as they’re commented throughout Scotland.

All over the place I’m going, I hear folks ask, “When are they going to repair the potholes at The Fechan?”

Like everybody else, I ask them: when these in Ecclefehan are handled, can my street be subsequent?

Terry West, Dumfries.

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