August 14, 2022

Because the fiasco with the Tory management continues, it turns into clear that Liz Truss has the identical downside that Boris Johnson had throughout his tenure as prime minister.

Mrs Truss clearly has no expertise for diplomacy and isn’t focused on wiping every little thing from scratch and attempting to get together with the Scottish Authorities and First Minister, the democratically elected individuals of Scotland; Not forgetting although Ms Truss is seemingly conscious that the SNP owns the overwhelming majority of the seats in Westminster in Scotland.

However Ms. Truss has grown extra than simply Scottish peaches. Enraged MPs from her personal celebration have additionally gone on the warpath over her ridiculous plans to chop the salaries of civil servants exterior London.

How may Miss Truss even assume this was a good suggestion? She promptly tossed that sizzling potato apart, nevertheless it raises severe doubts about her judgment, competence, and reliability.

And but, it is a lady who, in a number of weeks, will most likely be making necessary choices that may have an effect on all of us.

One factor is for certain; Along with altering her thoughts in regards to the EU, and now her personal political proposals, in the case of humiliating U-turns, this girl is definitely prepared to vary.

Ruth Marr, Sterling.


Ian McWhirter (“Did Anybody Ever Assume Truss Would Take heed to Sturgeon?”, 2 August) watched the response of the Exeter Tory viewers to Liz Truss’s disparaging feedback about our First Minister and didn’t remorse the blatant contempt for individuals who of us who establish as Scottish, I remorse that his haughty, patronizing columns within the Herald are in peril of becoming a member of these of Mark Smith and Brian Wilson in my ‘destroy earlier than you learn’ tray.

Willie McLean, Milngavie.


CAN anybody, wherever, in full honesty and political bias apart, deny that the present chief of the SNP is in search of consideration?

Can anybody who noticed her and the shameful selfie parade on the COP26 convention in Glasgow, for instance, or the flag-waving Wimbledon, or many different locations, put their palms on their hearts and deny it?

And it’s definitely true and usually accepted that the perfect remedy for somebody who’s aggressively in search of, if not demanding consideration, is to disregard it.

So, I can not perceive why John Sweeney and the SNP’s refrain of disapproval are up in arms in opposition to the easy fact being acknowledged.

Nonetheless, SNP spinners are pushed to the restrict. The First Minister had one thing to say about Boris Johnson, Keir Starmer and different politicians, however plainly not a phrase of criticism could be allowed in response.

Actually, Miss Truss may have stated rather more.

Alexander Mackay, Edinburgh.


I WAS alarmed to see how the variety of policemen had fallen dramatically (“Disaster fears as Scottish frontline police numbers hit 14-year low”, August third).

We see the Chief Constable struggling to get monetary assist to extend the numbers. Recruitment can solely work if that cash is acquired. What’s the response of the SNP? As at all times, we want cash from the UK authorities to assist us out.

How, I ask, can the SNP roll out the “carpet of independence” on a regular basis when it is painfully apparent that we won’t even survive with out heading to Westminster, cap in hand?

Liz Truss has the best concept to disregard our first minister. It’s time for a a lot bigger inhabitants to undertake the identical method.

Neil Stewart, Balfron.


MIKE Wilson of Longnyddry (Letters, 3 Aug) appears to be a type of Nationalist Social gathering supporters who dutifully comply with their chief’s line and has sadly been brainwashed into complicated the SNP and Scotland.

His declare that Liz Truss was aimed toward insulting and disrespecting Scotland and all Scots is clearly unfaithful, as her exact observations have been directed not at our nation, however at Nicola Sturgeon.

Certainly, studying his description of a person who “clearly likes to be the focal point, enjoys hordes of photographers lurking” and “an avid consideration seeker who solely likes to face within the highlight and puff up” – I did actually assume that he meant Miss Sturgeon herself.

Her give attention to selfies and press appearances is second to none, solely disappearing utterly from public view when she is confronted with any uncomfortable questions on drug deaths, lengthy overdue and overused ferries, elevated NHS ready instances, countless highway and rail denials. . and falling instructional requirements.

Robin McNaught, Bridge over the Dam.


I SAW a headline about Nancy Pelosi: “Pelosi took a stand in opposition to a bully. Good for her” in connection together with her go to to Taiwan, and I used to be interested by it once I was listening to Brandon Lewis on Radio 4 yesterday morning. He attacked Scotland on well being and training, with none proof, and with out the B- BBC has made changes or stability.

“Start as you meant to proceed” should discuss with Liz Truss’s presumed premiership, however her “gallery play” and her lack of diplomatic expertise elevate doubts about her competence.

I agree with Ian McWhirter that we should always put together for an early election (sure, one other one) as a result of not one of the Tories have any believable plan to take care of the issues we face, which is able to solely worsen over time.

If Labor wins, we’re informed they’ll govern with no majority, daring the SNP to assist them within the parliamentary elections. It is a thriller since there’s a couple of participant concerned in poker.

Why do not the SNP merely amend any Labor invoice, vote for it alone, and depart Labor to both be part of or lose? ‘Mandate Recreation’ as minority ruling dynasties jockey for energy: Watch BBC Parliament!

Because the UK sinks deeper into the quagmire, a few years of capricious and rebellious politicking lie forward of us. Get Scotland out of right here.

G. R. Weir, Ochiltree.


WHILE LISTENING TO BBC Radio 4 PM, I heard an interview with a Taiwanese politician in regards to the influence of Nancy Pelosi’s go to. The interviewer, Evan Davies, instructed that this may not be all that necessary; as a result of “She will not be the President, not the Pope, not the Queen of England.”

Says every little thing, actually.

Doug Moen, Dunblane.


William Wardle (Letters of three August) argues that the Scottish authorities is accountable solely to itself. Maybe he missed the truth that governments are accountable to the individuals who elect them.

Jay Morrow, Glasgow.


On occasion there’s strain on the Scottish authorities to start out charging college students.

The implication is that Scotland unusually treats larger training for granted relatively than a privilege.

Actually, in most Nordic international locations, college training is offered freed from cost or for a nominal charge. Some, equivalent to Norway, nonetheless present important scholar grants.

That is England breaking the principles, saddling its new graduates with 1000’s of kilos of debt.

In a civilized society, training, like well being care, must be given freed from cost to those that are in a position to profit from it.

It shouldn’t be bought solely to those that can afford to pay.

Mary McCabe, Glasgow.

Misogynistic assaults on the farm

I’m not writing as a conservative voter, however I need to admit that a number of the assaults on Liz Truss annoy me. At their worst, they definitely quantity to misogyny.

It isn’t simply the reckless use of descriptions like “lunatics.” So lots of the labels positioned on Truss in latest weeks wouldn’t have been utilized to Sunak, not to mention any male candidate.

What’s so particular about highly effective girls who’re assured of their opinions (like Truss, in fact) that makes individuals so afraid? Have not we discovered from the lengthy and radical reign of Margaret Thatcher, a strong lady who definitely knew her thoughts?

Duncan, Glasgow.

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