SNP governance does not inspire confidence - your views

There is still much left unknown following the Harassment Complaints Committee.There is still much left unknown following the Harassment Complaints Committee.
There is still much left unknown following the Harassment Complaints Committee.

SNP governance does not inspire confidence

Helen Martin’s column (News, January 18), as usual with SNP supporters, has a weekly dig at Unionist politicians, whether it is Ian Murray MP or portraying Boris Johnson and Michael Gove as buffoons.

Ms Martin states that ‘several EU spokespeople’ have said that they will welcome Scotland back into Europe before any other country. Can she identify these people and what authority they have to make such statements?

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After Greece acceded to membership of the EU, only then did it become apparent that their finances were in difficulties and strict financial measures had to be put in place.

The EU Central Bank had to bail them out, resulting in street demonstrations and strict austerity measures

I do not think the Central Bank will be in a position to help another economic basket case after losing the £11 billion UK contribution through Brexit. In Scotland today, after 14 years of SNP governance, I am extremely concerned with their many failures.

Examples are: The decline in our educational attainments and removing us from league tables is not the answer.

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The new-build children’s hospitals in Glasgow and Edinburgh which simply did not go well enough under their watch.

The two over-budget Caledonian MacBrane ferries lying in dry dock unfinished, as the initial design was not properly signed off.

The removal of support for BiFab and sending the contract to China is a disgrace, also China supplying steel for the new Queensferry Crossing.

Why is Scotland giving multi-million pound contracts to a regime whose human rights record is appalling, while allowing skilled jobs to be lost in Scotland?

Bob Marshall, Gilmerton Road, Edinburgh

Sturgeon and Salmond are left floundering

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Despite Covid-19 sweeping the nation, Nicola Sturgeon is using it as a TV platform to promote Scotland's separation instead of working with the countries that now form the UK.

The care home scandal caused very much grief and the school examination fiasco was beyond belief.

The SNP still intend to hold the May Holyrood election, despite the present pandemic restrictions.

Both Alex Salmon and Nicola Sturgeon have the same intent to win Scottish Independence and be first president.

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They remind me of two fish washed up on the sand floundering in their bid to break up Scotland.

When friends fall out they could lose the vote - poetic Justice!

Denis Fraser, Craigcrook Road, Edinburgh.

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