Letters: Too many unknowns for Scottish independence

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I CANNOT understand how people can vote for Scottish independence when no one knows what it will mean for the people of Scotland. The propaganda put out by the SNP is pure conjecture.

An independent Scotland will have its own currency (what would a Scottish pound be worth?), banking, welfare, NHS, transport system, civil service, army, navy, air force, postal service, education, etc, etc.

And who will pay for all the above? The working people of Scotland. When the North Sea oil runs out in 30-40 years, who will make up the difference in the oil revenue?

An independent Scotland will no longer be a partner of the UK, it would be in competition with the UK, the rest of Europe and the rest of the world.

It is not up to the SNP to say Scotland will retain the pound, it will be the rest of the UK and Bank of England who decide that.

It is not up to the SNP to decide if Scotland will be a member of the EU, it will be the rest of the EU.

I think people should remember why Scotland joined the Union. Scotland was bankrupt and its people were destitute and we have prospered on the back of the Union ever since.

I believe Scottish independence would be an economic disaster. In the latest banking crisis the UK government guaranteed bank deposits to the tune of £80,000. Would an independent Scottish government do that? I don’t think so. I urge people to vote with the head and not their heart. Two people can live together more economically than apart, and the same goes for countries.

John B Leitch, Baberton Mains Park, Edinburgh

Cyclists can aid their safety with more care

I read with interest in Saturday’s Evening News the article about increasing use of helmet cameras by cyclists.

I think it could be a great idea if it stops the many errant cyclists I have witnessed over many years jumping red lights at junctions and pedestrian crossings, weaving in and out of traffic with no regard for following vehicles, turning right or left with no signals, riding on pavements endangering elderly citizens and young kids, riding bikes in darkness with no lighting.

I do not like to see any accidents but I think the many cyclists driving indiscriminately cause a lot of accidents themselves. I am waiting for an accident by one cyclist who leaves Pirie Street in Leith, cycles along Junction Street at speed whizzing past many tenement doors with no regard for anyone.

John J McVey, by email

Business For Scotland backs Yes campaign

Heather Murray (Letters, April 18) has no evidence whatsoever that Donald Trump or Fred Goodwin, who was a financial advisor to Alistair Darling before, during and after the banking crash, back Alex Salmond or the Yes Scotland campaign.

Like all sensible companies, BSkyB is neutral on the referendum issue and is not trying to tell or blackmail their staff into voting one way or the other.

The CBI is a Tory-led big business club which did not bother to consult its 100-odd members in Scotland before following their London HQ’s wishes.

By way of contrast, Business for Scotland has 1700 members in small to medium sized businesses supporting the Yes campaign.

In the same issue, Chas Dennis ignores the fact that the Yes campaign supports continued membership of NATO after independence.

Scotland will use a conventional defence system rather than wasting tens of billions on a Trident nuclear weapon replacement, which is going to happen if we stay in the UK despite the fact that one million are relying on food banks.

Most women I speak to would rather use this money to help build a prosperous, Scandinavian-style social democracy with the best quality of life and that can only happen if we vote Yes in September.

Mary Thomas, Watson Crescent, Edinburgh

Sustainable fish stock rules can help Scotland

I am extremely pleased that the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund has been endorsed by the European Parliament by an overwhelming majority at the most recent plenary session in Strasbourg and is now one step closer to being fully implemented.

The reformed Common Fisheries Policy, which I helped shepherd through the European Parliament, introduces some quite significant changes to the way the fisheries sector in Europe can expect to operate.

It is, therefore, vital that the EU provides adequate financial support so the industry can begin to make the shift towards the sustainable and economical working practices called for by the CFP.

With the Parliament’s formal adoption of the EMFF, we now have one of the key programmes in place that will help promote healthy fish stocks and marine environments while ensuring the Scottish fisheries and aquaculture industries remain prosperous and competitive in a globalised marketplace.

Struan Stevenson, MEP, The European Parliament, Brussels

Guillain-Barre Syndrome is no laughing matter

With regard to John Gibson’s column (News, April 18), as someone suffering from and very slowly making a recovery from Guillain-Barre Syndrome I don’t think it necessary to make light of such a devastating illness or any illness for that matter.

The retired nurse he mentions is perhaps one of the ‘lucky’ ones and has been able to pinpoint what caused his condition, but for others we find no reason why our lives are turned upside down overnight.

We do not need it to be trivialised by a bag of sweets. We need more recognition of the misery caused by Guillain-Barre Syndrome.

Annette Cunningham, by email