October 2, 2022

It’s unhappy to see Gordon Brown’s intervention prompting the Labor Occasion to place ahead some proposals to cope with the vitality and cost-of-living disaster that has befallen us (Brown Places Labor to Motion, The Herald, 12 August). ). Warning has been an indicator of Labor ever since Sir Keir Starmer grew to become their chief; the celebration appears to suppose that in the event that they do nothing and say nothing even remotely controversial, energy will fall into their palms when the Makes an attempt tear themselves aside.

The present disaster (Tipping Level, Vestnik, August 12) is simply too critical for that. Labor has a transparent duty to place ahead proposals on how the state can intervene to cushion the consequences of this sudden vitality worth hike, and it should achieve this now, earlier than winter units in. As Sandy Farr (Letters, August 11) factors out, the UK is nearly fully self-sufficient in vitality and the price of producing vitality has not modified. So why do producers cost a number of instances greater than earlier than?

That is capitalism in its purest and most brutal type, oppressing the poorest and weakest in our society. We all know that the Tories have the Thatcherian perception that society doesn’t exist, however Labor should definitely problem this view. If they cannot or will not, what is the level of being in Westminster, on either side of the aisle? It is time for them to be daring, with some sensible concepts on how the state can cease this nice vitality theft that’s harming so a lot of our residents.

Doug Marr, Dunblane.


Ian McWhirter (“Ought to all of us refuse to pay our gasoline payments?” Herald, August 12) would not appear to grasp relating to the gasoline invoice disaster. It is actually about cannot pay, not not pay. He says it himself relating to payments – he has funds, “no extra”. Recognition that the scenario is hopeless.

Why then spend a lot time with the remainder of the column attacking the one organized resistance to the vitality firms’ assault on employees and the poor that has to this point emerged?

The Do not Pay marketing campaign within the UK acknowledges that tens of millions of individuals can’t pay and we acknowledge that debt is inevitable. However we do not need folks to be passive victims. That is why we’re advocating abolishing direct debits so folks can take again management. If you’re not fortunate sufficient to have the ability to pay, you’ll run into debt or you may be very chilly.

This isn’t a “Do not Pay” marketing campaign that causes debt. It is poverty, low wages, one of many lowest pensions in Europe, and a stingy welfare system going head-to-head with the grasping, parasitic fossil gasoline business. All that is managed by a authorities that’s morally and politically bankrupt.

Mr. McWhirter cannot resist the standard rhetorical tic – “middle-class radicals.” It is a tedious trick he continually makes use of to assault the left. I’ve been on the unconventional left for 50 years. Most of my pals and comrades find yourself within the insolvency camp. Many are poor or simply making ends meet. However, in contrast to Mr. McWhirter, they know how you can struggle and resist.

Not “wiser to attend,” as he advises. Mass campaigns are forcing this subject. They put the social weight of tens of millions on the scales. Not victims, however politicians.

Alex Porter, Sterling.


The UK authorities is idling whereas Rome is on hearth.

Some say that the present scenario is the worst because the Second World Conflict, and the disaster is getting worse actually day-after-day. Important double-digit inflation and progress; vitality and gasoline payments skyrocket; meals banks wrestle to deal with distinctive demand; quite a few strikes are imminent.

As well as, a number of provide chain points spanning varied perishable and non-perishable items are attributable to the elephant within the room, specifically Brexit. It’s going to by no means be acknowledged.

Folks have to decide on between heating and meals. Even these with restricted financial savings withdraw cash simply to make a dwelling. There isn’t a substitute for this cash.

Authorities response? Each day strategic conferences.

The one who is at present in workplace is having fun with a five-star vacation. It is truthful, folks have the proper to trip. Nevertheless, he has publicly said that he won’t “intervene” on this disaster and any motion can be taken by his successor. Due to this fact, there isn’t a likelihood that anybody will make necessary strategic choices inside no less than three to 4 weeks.

In the meantime, two potential replacements for the prime minister are chatting in regards to the nation, telling us what they are going to do if elected.

We have had a Tory authorities for 12 years now and Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss have been an integral a part of it, so why ought to we anticipate the rest?

The issue is that the UK cupboard has been run for much too lengthy by flashy Eton-educated multimillionaires who, frankly, could not run a crane, a lot much less run a rustic.

Scotland – get up and odor the espresso.

Stuart Falconer, Alit.


AS the general value of dwelling and the vitality disaster deepens, Nicola Sturgeon is as soon as once more turning to Westminster for extra assist. So what may an impartial Scotland do to assist proper now?

SNP’s proposed personal nationwide vitality firm, which might provide cheaper gasoline on a non-commercial foundation, disappeared a while in the past as a result of non-viability. Lots of the current worth will increase are of worldwide origin. The place will a nascent impartial Scotland discover the cash to cope with these new calamities within the wake of the current Covid pandemic? Who will really lend? These are the true issues dealing with the nationalist motion.

The monetary crash of 2008 was the primary warning. Local weather change is subsequent. If Scotland has been as rich as it’s claimed, then why are so many youngsters dwelling in poverty, the academic hole widening and why cannot the Scottish authorities afford to assist proper now?

At current, Holyrood is struggling to deal with the numerous day by day challenges of well being, schooling, transportation and the economic system. Including worldwide can be a catastrophe. Accordingly, Scottish independence now seems to be like an actual hazard to Scotland, slightly than an answer.

Dr. Gerald Edwards, Glasgow.


WHAT a tremendous distinction on web page 14 of The Herald for Wednesday (August 10) with articles by Adam Tomkins (“There is a method to beat the nationalists, however not ignore them”) and Man Stenhouse (“From Ferries to Universities, SNP”). decline).

Professor Tomkins’ smart method to “the voice of motive” contrasted with Man Stenhouse’s name-calling and scathing opinions.

Professor Tomkins is a really succesful and spectacular politician, though he isn’t at present in energy, and he’s a type of individuals who, for my part, can be misplaced in an impartial Scotland. Certainly, it’s doubtless that the Conservative Occasion would have flourished in an impartial Scotland.

In a July 27 article (“Truss can be a first-rate minister who can be pulled by the strings of loopy outcasts”), Professor Tomkins says that it’s doubtless that the Scottish Tories “won’t be able to affect something and can be 1,000,000 miles from energy.” Properly, in an impartial Scotland, the Conservatives will nearly definitely prosper and prosper. Nearly like in Scotland.

George Archibald, West Linton.


Oh my God; how I want to be a fly on the wall at J. B. Drummond’s subsequent frosty household reunion (Letters, Aug. 12). Regardless of restricted monetary assets, my late mother-in-law offered all types of assist, recommendation and help to me and my spouse over time. Similar to Westminster.

Alan Fitzpatrick, Dunlop.


I REFER to a letter (August 11) from Neil Barbour of the Edinburgh Secular Society, by which he questions the necessity for God and asks whether or not the Kirk, in a interval of decline and declining membership, stays the nation’s nationwide church.

It’s true that the Church of Scotland goes via a interval of trials and alter (we’ve been there earlier than), however as a church dedicated to steady reform – the Ecclesia Refretata semper Reformanda – we should transfer ahead in religion in the direction of a greater future.

Our religion in one thing past this life is a matter of religion, even when Mr. Barbour describes our dedication to the gospel as “selling

unscientific respect.” His secular views are additionally in some instances a matter of religion (many students settle for the views of the Christian religion).

Even when we settle for that for the second Scotland is not a Christian nation, globally Christianity is flourishing in Africa, Asia and South America. It was so good to see your picture (August 11) of the Soweto Gospel Choir performing on the Edinburgh Competition.

Thus, the Church of Scotland, as one of many Christian denominations, should go ahead to deliver the excellent news of the gospel story to Scotland.

Ron Lavalette, Ardrossan.

The Soweto Evangelical Choir performs on the Edinburgh Fringe Competition.


Eva Muirhead’s retirement (“A brand new curling broom as Eva Muirhead retires on the prime”, The Herald, August 12) marks the tip of an elite athlete’s profession that ranks among the many best Scottish athletes of all time.

From her early days on the World Junior Championships, the place she received her third world title in a row in 2009, to her Olympic gold medal in 2022, she competed and received on the European and world ranges. She joins a small group of Scottish athletes who’ve been competing on the highest degree for a very long time. This group consists of Jackie Stewart, Colin Montgomery, Eileed Doyle, Liz McColgan, Hanna Miley, Duncan Scott, Stephen Hendry, Sir Chris Hoy, Sir Andy Murray and Dame Katherine Granger.

Like leaders in all staff sports activities, Eva acknowledges that she has the assist of many women and girls who’ve contributed to her accomplishments.

The rationale it hasn’t gained extra recognition is as a result of curling is a minority sport.

Ian Watson, Pitlochry.


AS the captain and sole surviving member of the 1985 Scottish Labor futsal staff pictured on Thursday in The Herald (August 11), I’ve to disagree together with your headline: “Labor MPs have confirmed that sport and politics are incompatible” . mixing”.

Though we didn’t win the futsal event that was held as a part of the Worldwide Competition of Socialism of the Labor Occasion, it’s price recalling the worldwide Olympic spirit that the primary factor is to not win, however to participate.

As we speak’s Labor Occasion by no means considered organizing an Worldwide Competition of Socialism, and right this moment’s one-member Scottish Labor MPs group couldn’t even set up a five-member event staff.

Days have modified.

Dennis Canavan, Bannockburn.

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