I read with horror and disgust, the writings of Jim Sillars in the Evening News, September 24. His words were offensive, divisive and dangerous.
For a man claiming to love Scotland and the Scottish people, he seems to be trying to ensure that Scotland will never again be a united country. The Scottish people have spoken and rejected the lies and exaggerations of Alex Salmond and his mob.
Alex Salmond a hero? Maybe for the people who are not prepared to investigate the truth behind the empty words. I have personally never come across a more disingenuous figure in politics. The absence of both Mr Salmond (and his deputy) from the reconcilliation service at St Giles’ spoke volumes. This is not a man who wants to unite Scotland, this is a man looking to incite civil war in Scotland.
For Jim Sillars to assume that the younger generation will continue to believe the lies of the SNP is an insult to their intelligence. I am sure we all now hold differing views to those we held as 16 and 17-year-olds. With more life experience and knowledge, we change our views over time and I am confident that any further referendums would again produce a No vote.
Jim Sillars and Alex Salmond are not just bad losers, they are dangerous, and if allowed to prosper will ruin Scotland. I just hope that the majority of the Scottish people will vote anything but SNP at the Westminster and Scottish parliament elections. Another majority SNP government in Scotland will only ensure years more division.
We need a Scottish government that will concentrate on running the affairs of Scotland and not on their own selfish obsessions.
Cathy Crossley, Northumberland Street, Edinburgh
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Respect for peaceful Scots has doubled
The Scottish referendum that you all held and which I witnessed upon my recent visit to your wonderful city of Edinburgh was a staggering event to behold.
Now, I am an Englishman, and to boot, a proud Yorkshireman as well. I have an English heart of oak and a quarrelsome and vexing soul of “Yorkie bucket”! But nay have I ever “gannin’ doon” to the Scots before. In otherwords, my respect for the Scots, peaceful and resolute, proud but calm in their differences, has doubled.
But what has really made me think is this: if you proud bearers of the tartan can have your own parliament and home rule, can we not as “Yorkie buckets” (ie north Yorkshire lads and lasses) have our own assemby too? We could join forces with the Scots if dark clouds came trumping.
Just a thought!
Rev James Scullian, Gavins Lane, North Yorkshire
New generation found its voice with vote
Congratulations to the youth of Scotland for their conduct throughout the independence referendum.
Their actions, particularly in accepting a result that was contrary to most of their wishes, has been an example to us all.
I encourage every young person who took part in the debate to keep fighting for what you believe.
The referendum has awoken us from a terrible bout of apathy. Our society suffered a great deal during that slumber.
I became dreadfully disillusioned after taking part in the demonstrations prior to the invasion of Iraq in 2003. I now realise that was a horribly negative reaction. You may lose a battle but the fight goes on.
As 18th century political philosopher Edmund Burke famously said: “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”
A new generation found its voice during the referendum. I very much hope it is here to stay.
Kennedy Stewart, Hillside Road, Scalloway, Shetland
Common sense has kept us united
to whom it may concern: pride comes before a fall! Common sense has prevailed – united we stand, long live the UK. Hallelujah!
Mrs Sylvia M De Luca, Baberton Park, Juniper Green, Edinburgh
Referendum was a ‘Kinnock moment’
Like Nicola Sturgeon I also feel disenfranchised, as I did not get the party I voted for at Westminster. She at least got who she voted for at the Scottish Parliament, unlike me.
I had to accept that outcome as I live in a democracy. Can I compare the disappointment felt by some nationalists today as I felt when Neil Kinnock was pipped at the post by John Major.
I called it a “Kinnock moment”, all noise and bluster but the silent majority prevailed in the end.
Bob Marshall, Gilmerton Road, Edinburgh