Letters: Vote for independence, get rid of Thatcherism

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Writing from the UK, I can fully understand David Breckon’s point of view, (Letters, April 29). But I feel there is more to this vote for independence than Scotland breaking away from the Union.

I also want Scotland to remain part of the United Kingdom, but I wonder if there is a ‘Yes’ vote for independence, whether some Scottish Yes voters are on the same wavelength as me.

I think the Yes campaigners want Scotland away from the harsh shackles of Thatcherism.

Naturally Scotland also want their independence, but I believe, as David Breckon believes, that Scotland is much better united.

I know that if Scotland leaves the Union, Britain will lose Scotland’s Labour supporters, and we could well end up with yet another right wing Tory administration. But that is not the reason for this letter. This is about the future of Scotland.

The British Tory party in government are presiding over and creating a continued dwindling state, and the Tories are using the economic deficit as a cover to achieve this, together with creating an ever widening rich and poor divide.

And they are able to achieve this, due to Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg continuing to support them.

I for one, could never blame the Scottish for wanting to rid themselves of the shackles of Thatcherism.

Michael Thompson, Brixham, South Devon

Housing Bill changes are to be applauded

It is encouraging news the Scottish Government has provided new amendments to the Housing (Scotland) Bill.

Recommendations for the operation of the private rental sector and regulations for letting agents are things I applaud.

With stricter controls in place, there is a framework for increasing the knowledge and awareness of landlords and tenants, setting the right expectations for people and their homes.

But I would go further. Expertise within the industry needs to be recognised with formal qualifications and there needs to be a benchmark for good governance, including the handling of client money.

A license to operate, with penalties for those who fall short of the standards required, should not be out of the question.

Not everything is going to happen at once and every letting agency will have to face up to new and different challenges. However, the steps taken now will embed greater trust and improve the reputation of the industry all round.

Malcolm Cannon, CEO, Braemore, North Charlotte Street, Edinburgh

You can’t always get what you vote for

As a Better Together campaigner I often find myself engaging with supporters of independence.

Increasingly, as more and more evidence comes to light of the disadvantages of separation, they and their leaders are emphasising one issue and that is ‘we will always get the government we vote for’.

My analysis of emerging opinion among many of those likely to vote for separation is this. Yes, we know deep down that there are huge uncertainties over the currency, EU membership, pensions, jobs, broadcasting, welfare provision, defence and a host of other things but we’ll always get the government we vote for and that’s what matters; independence is a risk worth taking for that reason alone.

I find this self-determination at any cost attitude very strange. As a supporter of the Union and the safety net and assurances provided by being part of something bigger, I would much rather avoid all the risks, uncertainties and potential divisions and put up with the fact that from time to time the government at Westminster will not reflect how Scots or indeed those in some other parts of the UK voted.

And I am reminded of the fact that a majority of people in Scotland didn’t vote for the SNP at the last two Holyrood elections but they got an SNP government nevertheless. In spite of our fairer voting system we did not end up with a government that reflected how people voted.

With more powers coming to Holyrood after a NO vote, who’s in charge at Westminster will become less of an issue, and who knows, after the 2015 General Election we could well have a government back in Westminster that a majority of Scots really did vote for.

Barry Turner, Carberry Avenue, Musselburgh

Don’t delay, let’s have trams today

The tests have been done staff hired, safety procedures practiced, routes tested, etc. So why are we being told at the start of May that the trams will start in four weeks’ time? What’s the delay

Jamie Thompson, Edinburgh

Shining a light on the subject of indicators

re Colin Maclean’s letter regarding use of car indicators (News, May 1); I’m sure I was taught by the Advanced Institute of Motorists to cancel my signal at traffic lights as there was no need for it since you were not moving.

David Johnson, Edinburgh