August 15, 2022

GOVERNMENTS around the globe should determine what they need to prioritize. It may very well be funding within the economic system, the supply of social advantages, their healthcare system, and so forth. For the previous 15 years, SNP has prioritized offering common advantages resembling child containers, “free” prescriptions, and the like.

He has invested in companies which have didn’t ship the outcomes they promised, most notably ferries, in addition to 130,000 inexperienced jobs due by 2020. They lacked solely 110,000 jobs. After which there’s the cash wasted on authorized charges because of the Scottish authorities’s incompetence and obsession with independence, a complete of £5.8 million over the previous 5 years.

With unions demanding greater wage will increase than the proposed two per cent, the Scottish authorities expects Westminster to fund it (“Sweeney warns of funding cuts with out money pay improve”, The Herald, 1 August). Why? We already obtain extra per capita than the remainder of the UK to assist with the prices of being a extra rural area of the UK. Why ought to Westminster bail out the Scottish authorities when it decides to spend its cash unwisely?

It is like a buddy who buys everybody a drink on the pub with the intention to develop into fashionable, however expects another person to pay for his or her taxi dwelling. Borrowing from Norman Tebbit, I do not blame the UK authorities for telling the SNP to “get on the bike”.

Jane Luks, Aberlor.

• INCORRECT that John Sweeney is laughing when he asks the chancellor for extra money to pay for a pay rise? Westminster has been throwing cash at Scotland because the pandemic was in full swing and blaming anybody aside from the SNP authorities for the scenario we’re in is pure hypocrisy. Scotland’s funds have been mismanaged to the purpose of no return because of the reckless spending of assorted monetary secretaries, all underneath the watchful eye of Nicola Sturgeon, and now we’re struggling due to their incompetence.

And but they attempt to persuade us that we might be higher off as an unbiased nation. If their egocentric, unpaid, loopy plans ever make it to independence, cover your financial savings underneath your mattress earlier than they get to them.

Ian Bullock, Grangemouth.


Tory and Labor politicians are both extraordinarily dumb or engaged in company hypothesis that drives up inflation and the price of residing.

The Tory management contenders argue that employees aren’t entitled to a elevate according to the elevate as a result of it could encourage inflation, which is absurd. Do not they perceive the place the value improve goes? They’re boosting the grotesquely inflated income of firms resembling Massive Oil, Massive Tech, Massive Pharma and Massive Agribusiness, all of which have posted report income.

Liz Truss, Rishi Sunak and Sir Keir Starmer would love you to consider that these firms are placing their income again into their enterprise. They aren’t. They purchase again shares, paying out these income to shareholders, rising inequality and additional impoverishing employees.

Staff can’t trigger inflation. The actual downside is that, identical to within the US, our legislators are indebted to those similar firms for donations and for conserving them in energy. That is why we do not see will increase in company tax charges, wealth taxes, or help for many employees who’re pushed to the acute. Sir Keir’s dismissal of Sam Tarry for standing with placing RMT employees on the picket line says all the things you might want to know concerning the Labor Social gathering.

The management of the SNP must recall their MPs from Westminster and proceed to liberate us from this farcical Union.

Leah Gunn Barrett, Edinburgh.

Litany of disgrace

DOUGLAS Coe’s romanticized view of the UK (Letters of 30 July) started with a veiled critique of unions: “… unions marketing campaign on behalf of their members. Evidently the very construction of the UK is in peril. His letter ended with “Let’s help the brand new prime minister and breathe new life into the UK, it is the best nation on the earth.”

No, it isn’t. A few of the UK’s current achievements are: Boris Johnson, Brexit, austerity, baby poverty, unlawful wars, Rwanda for refugees, Trident, union crackdown, group destruction (Margaret Thatcher), NHS sell-off, elevated racist slurs and assaults, threats to unbiased broadcasting. ..

None of this in any means makes me proud and even content material to be related to the UK, regardless of its historical past of colonization, slavery, homicide and theft.

Kevin Orr, Bishopbriggs.


PETER A. Russell (Letters, 1 August) attributes my letter to private “variations”: however as I’ve made clear, it is a quote from Professor Ciaran Martin, an authoritative and impeccable supply on constitutional issues associated to the Scottish independence referendums.

In fact, the Union might be preserved by the power of legislation, however I’m involved about what follows from the repeated refusals of politicians from England (Could, Johnson, Truss, Starmer, Davey) to order Part 30 over the electoral mandate of presidency in Scotland. I am questioning how Russell thinks his “mandate” of the UK authorities pertains to actual politics? I extremely doubt that this suggests any respect or subjugation of the Scots, because the Westminster Unionist events, with jingoistic zeal, transferring in direction of isolation overseas (Brexit) and imperialism at dwelling (brawny unionism).

For the knowledge of William Durward, I’m not a member of the SNP. My solely get together affiliation was with Labor however fortunately ended after they grew to become the Crimson Excursions.

G. R. Weir, Ochiltree.


I simply obtained a letter from NHS Lothian confirming my outpatient appointment with Insource Medicare, a non-public healthcare supplier. This (is predicted) to value the NHS greater than utilizing its personal employees. Multiply that by the variety of appointments/corporations used and that may critically eat into the NHS funds, wasting your NHS funds. I used to be informed that future correspondence relating to my remedy would additionally come from Insource Medicare. I’m not but answerable for any prices, however it is a prime instance of the gradual privatization of the Scottish Well being Service.

Additionally it is a reminder that so long as we stay in an England-dominated Union, with no voice and full management over how we govern, a company takeover and dismantling of what’s left of our public companies, particularly geared toward well being care and water provide. , will proceed. even underneath a future Labor authorities.

The switch settlement is fragile as a result of the ability transferred to Scotland stays with Westminster. And now that we have been kicked out of the EU, Westminster is busy pushing by means of a invoice to depart the EU, Part 38 asserts UK sovereignty, an idea that does not apply to Scotland as our constitutional foundation within the Assertion of Legislation affirms that energy is within the arms of the folks. To make issues worse, a brand new Act of Union is being ready in Westminster that may strip Scotland of any remaining management over its affairs.

The lights are flashing crimson. Does the SNP administration even take note of this?

Margaret McGowan, Edinburgh.


WHAT a miserable front-page headline: “Fears about banning fossil fuels in houses: Precautionary step may increase new dwelling costs” (Herald, July 30).

That is certainly a optimistic proposal to cut back heating prices and cut back carbon emissions, however you deal with the naysayers and the misguided affect on dwelling costs.

The reality is that constructing codes are lengthy overdue as a result of they’ve been watered down and delayed by a strong homebuilding business that places revenue first. (Do I would like to say Grenfell Tower?)

The price of building doesn’t decide the price of housing. If this have been the case, home costs can be the identical throughout a lot of the UK. The worth paid for land has the most important impression, principally by location (and infrequently a consequence of the price of publicly funded infrastructure). Native provide and availability of financing additionally considerably affect costs.

At the moment on this nation, the general provide is proscribed, whereas the federal government and banks are making it simpler to lend. Thus, home costs will proceed to rise, no matter further building prices, till the following crash that our boom-bust financial cycle makes inevitable within the subsequent few years.

If MSP Liam Kerr is interested by both defending the atmosphere or making housing extra reasonably priced, I like to recommend that he help the Scottish authorities’s proposal and extol his virtues to his new boss within the UK as quickly as potential. He and they need to additionally contemplate why the worth of land is so excessive. Within the meantime, you may assist by taking a extra optimistic perspective on such essential points.

David Bruce, Troon.

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