Letters :Do Television Hustings Matter ?

Dear Orkney News                                                                                                                                  

The Tuesday 4 th May BBC1 Hustings confirmed what earlier ones have led us to believe.  Nicola Sturgeon stands head and shoulders above the other 4 Party Leaders.She has shown us strong Leadership throughout the past 14 months to keep Scotland & its people safe and also as First Minister since 2014. Nicola has barely had a day off since the advent of the Covid 19 emergency.

With the benefit of hindsight she knows some mistakes were made but she got most things right. She has held up her hands and said sorry, we would have done some things differently had we known at the time. This is a sign of honesty and strength, not weakness. Nicola follows the evidence & the Science and does not do Populism. What you see is what you get without an ounce of conceit or self importance. She will have a good team with many new faces behind her by time voting closes on 6 th May.

The Tory & Labour Parties have gone through Leaders at an alarming rate, over the past 20 years as they try to keep up with Scottish, UK & European Politics. The aggressive 3 Jobs Scottish Tory Leader Douglas Ross has made less impact that his predecessors Ruth Davidson or Jackson Carlaw. On the one hand he tells us that a vote for the SNP is a Vote for Independence while on the other hand he tells us only Boris will decide. He rants about Independence without focussing on a Green Recovery.

If one looks at the arc of prosperous, well governed, democratic, independent Countries surrounding Scotland on all sides, we would conclude that Independence is a Good Thing. Ireland, Iceland, Norway & Finland all used to allow other countries to take their decisions for them but in the past 100 years decided to do this, themselves  & have never looked backwards.

Anas Sarwar has shown himself to be the smartest Labour Leader since Donald Dewar. He understands that half his Labour Membership and the majority of Unions favour either Devo- Max or Independence. He has distanced himself from UK Labour Leader, KeirStarmer, who used the whip to back the disastrous 24/12/2020 Low Deal Boris / Gove Tory Brexit. He has also shown close backing for many of the SNP led issues of rebuilding the NHS, improving mental health services while including fairness and moderation at the centre stage of their campaign.

Green Joint Leaders Lorna Slater & Patrick Harvie have both performed well in all the radio & television hustings. They are quite close to much of what the SNP stands for on Climate Change and a Green Renewable Energy Recovery. Lorna is a marine engineer and follows the evidence too. They also understand factors such as inequality, low incomes and poverty.

Willie Rennie, the Libdem Leader of the fifth Party in Scottish Politics merely seeks attention to get noticed. He is wrong to attack teachers & schools on their difficulties, over the past 14 months. Everybody knows parents, pupils & teachers have found the Covid 19 emergency hard. Mental health issues are widespread across all age groups.

Honesty and working together with the SNP, Labour & the Greens offers the best way forward.Green Energy issues have ensured that the SNP understands the magnitude of the challenges we face in green energy production, social housing, care for the elderly, soclfuel poverty & fairness. Highlands & Islands SNP Candidates are all strong in Green, NHS, Education & Green & Climate Change credentials.

Even the Scottish Tories regard sleezy blustering UK Tory Prime Minister Boris Johnson as an embarrassment. They managed to keep him as far away from Scotland as possible during the election campaign.

Europe greatly misses the UK at the Centre of European Decision Making leaving both poorer that prior to 01/01/2021.Hard Tory Brexit has increased division and boosted the campaigns for both Scottish Independence and a reunited Ireland. One day, Brexit will have to be reversed and seamless trading with our European neighbours restored, but right now huge damage is being made to the Scottish & Rest of UK economies along with damage to the UK’s International reputation.

We are where we are & Brexit has made the post covid 19 recovery much harder. Meanwhile we can only hope that as many as possible first times voters turn up at the voting stations.

Yours , John Mowat, Orkney

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  1. Oh to get back into Europe where everything is managed so much better than at Westminster. Scotland would prosper and its interests listened to as a full EU member in comparison to the subservient status we have at present.
    Look how well Spain, Italy And Greece have prospered as members.
    We should look towards the continent for our future. For too long England has taken our taxes and held us back. By adopting the euro currency, we would be free from the thieves down in the city of London; our German friends would make a better job of controlling our interest rates.
    I can’t wait, lets go for it.
    Oh I forgot we might have to drop the voting age to 10 and play Braveheart on a loop!

  2. I was in two minds about writing this, but feel that my ancestors will frown on me if I don’t, so here goes……

    Ireland, and presumably the other nations listed, did not “used to allow other countries to take their decisions for them.”

    That domination was imposed on the Irish nation, as it was on Scotland, Wales and all the other nations which England colonised.

    If the people of Ireland had just let England have its way, unchallenged, Ireland would never have achieved independence.

    Very few subject nations do just let their conquerors tell them what to do. Even if they don’t fight openly at times – they fight – and sometimes gain their independence.

    The use of the term ‘to Boycott’ originated in Ireland…. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boycott

    What you said here about Ireland just letting England take charge, is a wrong thing to say.

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