In interviews, Nicola Sturgeon normally manages to cover her incompetence along with her branding artistry, however even she has been decreased to claiming the road has damaged to offer her a couple of extra seconds to suppose over what is going on on. turned out to be a really uncomfortable interview with Justin Webb on this morning’s At present present on Radio 4 (April 30).
Mr Webb stated the UK, like many different international locations, has solely managed to climate the present disaster by partaking in quantitative easing and identified that an unbiased Scotland which nonetheless makes use of the pound sterling wouldn’t have that choice. She repeatedly didn’t reply the query, claiming Scotland would have its personal central financial institution, oblivious to the truth that the principle position of central banks is to handle cash and financial coverage. She additionally had no reply to the issues of a tough border with England if Scotland have been to hitch the EU.
After 14 years in energy, she presides over a rustic with among the worst ranges of deprivation in Europe. The councils have been starved of funds, whereas his authorities withheld cash or launched into pointless tasks. The SNP administration in Glasgow is planning a program to shut libraries, sports activities services and group facilities, the overwhelming majority of whose purchasers come from essentially the most deprived segments of society. With Ms. Sturgeon’s dedication to realize her independence in any respect prices, no matter financial realities, it’ll inevitably be the poor in society who will undergo essentially the most.
It’s unhappy that former Labor voters have succumbed to this big rip-off up to now. Subsequent week is the chance for them to appropriate that.
R Murray, Glasgow.
RBS THREATEN NO BIG HIT
THE menace to maneuver the brass plaque of RBS HQ from Edinburgh to London (“RBS would transfer HQ if Scotland votes Sure”, The Herald, April 30) shouldn’t be as dramatic as some appear to suppose.
RBS Group was renamed NatWest Group in 2020 and all main selections are made in London.
After independence, RBS would want to create a Scottish headquarters like all different monetary establishments, simply as Ulster Financial institution owned by NatWest has totally different corporations with headquarters in Dublin and Belfast.
Additionally, given the cheaper overheads in comparison with London and a better caliber of employees, it’s pretty sure that almost all jobs at NatWest’s head workplace would proceed to function out of Scotland.
Many small Scottish companies have been ruined or broken by the actions of the banks, maybe the perfect recognized being the UK government-owned RBS and its raptor International Restructuring Group.
Given Scotland’s fame within the monetary sector and a extremely expert inhabitants, there may be each purpose to be optimistic about our future after independence.
Mary Thomas, Edinburgh.
* Certainly your headline ought to have learn “RBS Claims They Would Transfer Seat If Scotland Votes Sure”. We’re definitely sensible sufficient to take company statements with a grain of salt. Bear in mind Guinness and its guarantees to maneuver its headquarters to Scotland? Within the case of RBS, the skepticism can solely be heightened by the truth that we’re on the eve of an election and the vast majority of shares on this firm are held by a Unionist authorities.
Gerry Gill, Glasgow.
THE HUGE COST OF FOLLY IRAK
BRIAN Wilson, rightly, blames the SNP authorities for what he describes as a failure to spend most public cash (“Simply suppose what the a whole bunch of hundreds of thousands of hundreds of thousands wasted by the SNP may have executed”, The Herald, April 28). I ponder if he’ll ever mirror on the unfolding and penalties of the invasion of Iraq in 2003.
The implications for the Iraqi individuals, in phrases, for instance, of wanton destruction, homicide, strife, little one poverty and civil battle, have in fact been catastrophic. The Worldwide Pink Cross as soon as noticed that the toll for the Iraqi individuals was “insufferable and unacceptable”. Many think about the choice to invade to be one of many worst made by a British authorities.
Mr. Wilson seeks to advocate for the correct use of public funds. I believe most of us can say amen to this. Maybe he want to tell us how he now thinks that the cash spent, which was stated to have been within the vary of £ 8 billion to £ 9 billion, by the British authorities on the time on the invasion of the Iraq and its aftermath may have been harnessed extra productively. and useful use.
Ian W Thomson, Lenzie.
A CAMPAIGN TO REMEMBER
The current passing of Shirley Williams, eclipsed by that of Prince Phillip, jogged my memory of the 1982 by-election when Roy Jenkins of the SDP gained the constituency of Glasgow Hillhead. The by-election was referred to as by the demise of longtime MP Tam Galbraith. It could have been the final barn election.
The sidewalks of the West Finish have been positively polluted by politicians of all types. There was Shirley Williams shopping for bulk sausages for the native butcher’s troops; Invoice Rodgers providing his microphone to a window cleaner, who has made his opinion clear to all politicians and with acceptable curses interspersed. A chic middle-aged woman, stopped by a courageous candidate, prompt that she get into aviation whereas making an attempt a private bodily impossibility.
We have had the late Jack Glass and the crew berating the viewers at the back of an outdated Bedford truck, and Tony Benn and Michael Foot showing at instances to little impact. There have been lots extra: Gerry Malone, George Leslie, Invoice Boaks RN and extra, all with audio system and supporters.
The posters for the airts have been on the lampposts, typically so excessive that it could take a ladder to learn them. They turned a supply of irritation for a very long time. Many have been plastic tied with cable ties. They didn’t degrade naturally. Nonetheless, a type of carnival feeling.
The virus hit such on the pinnacle. May our present technology of candidates have produced such a spectacle?
Donald Macaskill, Glasgow.
* TONIGHT (April 29) I watched Query Time on BBC1 for the primary time in years. Apparently, some politicians are in a position to speak about points apart from independence. Who knew?
John Dunlop, Ayr.
A NEW VISION FOR LIBRARIES
HUGH MacDonald’s column on libraries (“The Finish of Libraries Closes E book That Promised Alternative for All of Us”, The Herald, April 24) drew closely on the sensation that they’re on the coronary heart of Glasgow communities. for 150 years, based on the ideas that nobody must be excluded from enhancing their life as a result of they might not entry data. Public library providers around the globe are going through unprecedented challenges. Speedy advances in know-how – elevated pace of broadband, cellular connectivity, wearable units, social media – are reworking the probabilities of accessing and consuming data, data and providers.
It was this setting that led Glasgow Life to develop A Imaginative and prescient for Glasgow Libraries, in 2015. We consulted 3,000 residents and trade professionals and it demonstrated the continued worth of libraries and the best way they encourage society. love of studying, studying and discovery. He acknowledges that what individuals want and anticipate from trendy library service is altering. Because the introduction of free wifi in each library in 2015, greater than 7.5 million classes have been recorded. Web and laptop entry is accepted as a part of the Glasgow Libraries construction.
The impression of A Imaginative and prescient for Glasgow Libraries could be seen within the 4,500 digital assist classes offered in 2019/20 to assist individuals join on-line; within the CoderDojo classes instructing youngsters how you can code and the top-level grownup coding programs for 228 adults in the identical 12 months, supported by JP Morgan.
Libraries are the place 5,500 individuals have accessed assist finishing Common Credit score functions and the place you will discover sensible recommendation from McMillan Most cancers Assist while you want it.
They’re all the time the place the very younger uncover studying by means of Bookbug classes, the place individuals meet literary heroes at Aye Write, and the place borrowing books is all the time a cherished pleasure.
Cardonald, Castlemilk and Partick Libraries have been lately modernized with plans to renovate Woodside and Elder Park Libraries effectively developed on account of in depth group engagement packages. The Parkhead Library shall be a part of a brand new well being and social care hub.
Adviser David McDonald, President, Glasgow Life.
WASPS? NO PROBLEM
I used to be occupied with your article on wasps (“Wasps have a objective … and may even be a remedy for most cancers,” The Herald, April 29, and Letters, April 30). I took a number of organized holidays in France the place at midday a picnic was arrange by the aspect of the highway. The standard scrumptious French delicacies was offered, and the wasps got here too. There has by no means been the screaming, working away and panicking of the arms that folks bask in in Britain. So no person bought bitten, the French simply accepted the correct of wasps to hitch within the picnic.
Margaret Forbes, Kilmacolm.
WE HAVE TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN
Certainly I am not the one reader to note a outstanding change within the look of your columnist, Kevin McKenna? For years, we used to see this miniature picture of him that confirmed a darkish spec man who was a bit bearded and – let’s not mince phrases right here – a bit cheerful. Then a fortnight in the past I opened The Herald to seek out that the Kevin McKenna we have been used to had been changed by a fairly suave man who wasn’t bearded or jowly and did not even put on specs. I puzzled if, maybe, there had been a confusion and the picture of this man had been utilized in error. However no – it was subsequent week once more … the brand new Kevin McKenna look.
And your level, reader? No, I’ve no curiosity however simply needed to let you already know that this transformation has been famous. (Until there was confusion?)
Deedee Cuddihy, Glasgow.
ALL of this information about Boris and Carrie’s redecorating, to say nothing of their opinion of John Lewis (“Boris Fiddles Whereas His Ears Burn, and Labor on a Roll over Wallpapergate,” The Herald, April 29), jogs my memory of ‘one in all my late pithy aphorisms of the mom: “It’s not possible to outline a great copy however, by heaven, you all the time know when it’s lacking.”
Rachel Martin, Musselburgh.
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