Letters: New child guardian law is authoritarian measure

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The guardian for every child law just passed by Holyrood (February 20) must be challenged in the courts. It has no place in a free country, where children are in the first place the responsibility of their parents.

Only where there are no parents or family members willing and able to look after the children adequately, should public authorities be involved.

Not one MSP was willing to vote no on the final reading of the Children & Young People Bill; 15 stuck their necks out and abstained. We elect our MSPs to represent us and look out for our interests, not to trample over our freedom. I have to ask what kind of country they are planning for us?

A social worker for every child is a totalitarian policy. A party and a government that put such a policy through Holyrood are at the very least deeply illiberal and authoritarian.

The fact that this is what the SNP are willing to do in broad daylight before the referendum should chill the blood. If they win in September, there will be no doubt be far worse to come.

Otto Inglis, Inveralmond Grove, Edinburgh

A No vote is not a vote for Tory domination

Am I the only person who is sick and tired of hearing SNP activists (your own Martin Hannan did it in his column) infer continually that if you do not agree with them you are “in bed with the Tories”.

I would like one of their number to explain this because I cannot see why parties (ie everybody except the SNP) who would otherwise be mortal enemies in a Westminster Parliament cannot unite in defence of that selfsame institution.

I am also constantly annoyed by the term ‘No campaign’. The truth of the matter is that, in any situation where something has existed for over 300 years and is supported by most of the people (this is undeniable given that after 80 odd years the SNP must be the only independence movement in history with about a quarter of the people behind it – compare that to Croatia Serbia etc with 90 per cent) no ‘No’ campaign should be necessary.

The status quo stands until defeated by popular demand. The SNP can hardly describe their support as popular, not even the most optimistic activist can deny that.

Those of us old enough will remember that it was the SNP MPs of the time who “got into bed with the Tories” in 1979 to bring down Jim Callaghan’s government and precipitate the unmitigated disaster that was the Thatcher era. I await with interest any attempt at an explanation.

Ian Hunter, by email

Timetable for a Scots general election

Kenneth Brannan (Letters, February 17) may not be aware that after a Yes vote in September each political party will be represented in the Scottish government’s negotiating team with the Rest of the UK government.

I am sure that after the Yes vote, Labour and Tory MSPs will work in the best interests of Scotland, unlike the current situation where their MEPs are actively trying to encourage others in Europe to get Scotland kicked out of Europe.

The independence negotiations are estimated to take 18 months to complete and there will be a Scottish general election in May 2016 when voters will chose what kind of policies and which party they want to govern Scotland.

After independence our votes will determine how 100 per cent of our revenues are spent. At present for every £99 we generate as UK tax revenue only £93 is spent in Scotland and most of the financial priorities are still decided in London.

Fraser Grant, Warrender Park Road, Edinburgh

Time to put an end to zoo aninal suffering

I FULLY agree with Ben Williamson of PETA (letters, February 19) concerning Yang Guang and Tian Tian, the pandas at Edinburgh Zoo.

No doubt these creatures are under much stress with each failed attempt to reproduce .

It’s an awful shame that they are kept in captivity in the zoo, and they do endure suffering concerning forced breeding.

Animals should be left alone in their natutral habitat and not have to spend the rest of their days in zoos.

Mrs June Fleming, Hercus Loan, Musselburgh