Letters: independence debate

The SNP’s South of Scotland MSP, Joan McAlpine, should be ashamed of her slur towards people who disagree with tearing Scotland away from the rest of the UK.

Ms McAlpine used a speech in the Scottish Parliament to suggest that people who don’t support separation are “anti-Scottish”. Excuse me, Ms McAlpine, but what gives you the right to rule on this? I was born in Scotland and have lived in Scotland all my life but, according to Ms McAlpine’s logic, I am not Scottish enough because I disagree with her political views.

We are now seeing the real, ugly, side of the SNP and its separatist agenda. As far as the SNP is concerned, if you don’t agree with separation, you are derided as anti-Scottish. If Ms McAlpine and the SNP are so confident in their arguments for separation, then perhaps they should spend more time talking about them, rather than indulging in this sort of gutter politics.

Charlotte Lowry,

Milton Mill, Dunscore.

JW Finlay misses the point entirely – and perhaps deliberately (“Breaking up Britain would be real folly”, Letters, The Galloway Gazette, January 20).

The UK is not a “partnership” of (home) nations. It is London-centric and dominated by our much larger neighbour, England, which has always called the shots. The reality is that, like all countries, England will always act in the best interests of England.

Even Danny Alexander struggles to justify his view that Scotland is better off in the UK. The best reason he was able to come up with in a recent radio interview was that “we have a shared history”.

That statement says so much. They are talking about the past whereas we should be thinking about the future.

“Shared history” doesn’t put food on the table, or encourage economic growth north of the border.

According to recent surveys, many of my fellow countrymen apparently have no problem with Scotland governing herself in her own interests. Ironically, English people living in England are more likely to vote for it than Scots, if the polls are to be believed.

Scots have the opportunity of a lifetime to have a vision well beyond that set for it by England’s politicians. Many English people in England look with envy at a somewhat more competent and confident Scottish government than the government they (and we) have in London.

Peter Jeal,

Newton Stewart.