AS we get closer to referendum day, I think Alex Salmond is becoming more paranoid. His wrath towards his many critics is becoming more pronounced.
We have all noted over the past year his reactions to learning the views of key figures in the political, economic, industrial and defence sectors. In his opinion:
The Governor of the Bank of England is wrong in suggesting that sharing the pound sterling is not quite as simple as the SNP would have us believe; the Chancellor of the Exchequer and his counterparts in the opposition parties are wrong to even contemplate excluding an independent Scotland from the sterling zone.
The president of the EU is wrong in his view that there would be difficulties in Scotland gaining entry to the EU and the adoption of the Euro would be a pre-requirement of membership.
The UK Ministry of Defence would, without doubt, continue to have Royal Navy warships built in Scottish shipyards.
The financial sector will continue to operate on the same scale in Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Scotland will establ;ish its own Foreign Office, Home Office, secury services, armed forces, etc, etc.
Fortunately Alex Salmond does not have a monopoly over the right to care for Scotland. Most of us are just as patriotic about our native heayh as he is, but at the same time we are realists and take into account the vagaries of the macro-economic climate amd the ned to stay together.
Scotlnd is ill-equipped to go it alone in the global economy. Indee, the UK struggles to compete in today’s world markets.
Salmond may well manage to sway his disciples at Holyrood, but recent pools indicate the the majority of the electortae are opposed to his radical policies.
No amound of propaganda from the SNP will convinve us otherwise. Scotland deserves better.
Robert IG Scott, Northfield, Ceres, Cupar
Care of elderly should be our main priority
THE current BBC TV series Protecting Our Parents is very moving, highlighting situations of caring for parents that could face anyone.
Older parents are still individuals with thoughts, feelings and wishes, even if they are in vulnerable situations.
The programme showed the subtle pressues put on the elderly to decide between moving to a care home or returning to their own home with a care package. The first option could involve considerable expense, the second provide totally inadequate visitng time and care.
We are constantly told the number of elderly people will increase in coming years and the country will not be able to afford their care. The implication is that even the inadequate level of care given today cannot be maintained.
How dare they approach the situation from that point of view, which causes mental and physical suffering?
Care of the elderly, having given a lifetime of service, and care for children yet to serve the future, should be absolute priorities for the nation.
Mr A Delahoy, Silverknowes Gardens, Edinburgh
Mortonhall Golf Club’s historic literary legacy
ENJOYING a recent walk through Mortonhall Woods, it occured to me that, in this centenary year of the start of the First World War and the 75th anniversary of the start of the Second World War, the old Nissen hut at the edge of the golf course might usefully be restored and converted by the Schools and Museums service and Mortonhall Golf Club management for use as an educational facility for the city, to operate in tandem with the old Dreghorn training trenches, now being preserved as a result of a News campaign.
The Nissen hut is still in reasonable shape, although now almost hidden by trees.
Its use as a mini-museum here would be particularly apt, as the First World War poet Siegfried Sassoon, while a patient at Craiglockhart War Hospital, was a member at Mortonhall Golf Club.
On one occasion Wilfred Owen, Sassoon’s fellow patient and poet, took Robert Graves, the novelist and soldier, over to Mortonhall to meet him.
The area’s great wartime and literary connections should be remembered.
M Harkness, Pentland Terrace, Edinburgh
Change in attitude to assisted dying
ASSISTING the terminally ill to die is at present illegal, but the issue keeps coming up in debate and some MPs are in favour of a change in the law.
I suppose pain control or lack of it plays a big part in the ongoing debate.
It is not an easy subject, but there seems to be a big majority among older people in favour of a change in the law.
Young people tend not to think about death. Why should they? Even in old age death is still a taboo subject, yet it is as natural as birth.
Max Nottinghham, St Faith’s Street, Lincoln
One law for the poor, another for ministers
how can Department for Work and Pensions minister Iain Duncan Smith say that his welfare reforms are “flushing out the scroungers” when disgraced minister Maria Miller can improperly claim £45,800 expenses from the taxpayer, then resign and walk away with most of it?
Yes Mr Smith, you really do have your priorities spot on, don’t you?
Alan Lough, Boroughdales, Dunbar