Letters 25.9.14

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SHAMEFUL

The so-called Scots over 65s who voted NO in the Referendum should hang their heads in shame.

They are the backward looking, war-recalling, blinkered members of my generation who fell for the trickery of Westminster.

Sadly, they have robbed our children and grand-children of a promising Trident-free future in a Scotland leading the way for other nations to follow.

We have not seen the end of poverty in Scotland, nor will we while Westminster continues to squander our money on illegal wars and weapons of mass destruction.

Mary J. MacLennan

Isle of Skye

WORK STILL TO DO

Following the independence referendum there is still a job of work to be done by the wonderful Yes Scotland campaign in fighting to deliver the best deal possible for Scotland while the Westminster parties wrangle.

Given the political vacuum created by such machinations, there is an opportunity for the organisation to really seize the agenda and take things forward and deliver Devo Max, which a majority of the Scottish people desire.

If we as a nation sit back and wait for the crumbs from the Westminster table we are going to get a paltry set of additional powers, if any at all.

While the energy is still there, Yes Scotland should be pushing for Devo Max, with everything bar defence and foreign affairs put under the control of the Scottish Parliament.

We cannot let this opportunity slip through our hands and leave ourselves open to a deal cobbled together by the Westminster parties behind the scenes which will go nowhere near satisfying the desires of the Scottish people.

The job for Yes Scotland is not yet done and while one chapter has firmly closed another chapter has opened up.

Alex Orr

dinburgh

BOUND TO CHRISTIAN CREED

Your columnist (11.9.14) cites the rejection by Thomas Boston of the Union of Parliaments in 1707 and suggests that he gave no reasons for his position.

However, three times in succeeding pages of his Memoir Thomas Boston alludes to the Union and makes clear that his opposition was on account of the snares it introduced endangering the Scottish Church. These were: (1) the opposition which change in government brought to the ministry, (2) the loss of the Privy Council as a means of communication between church and state, and (3) the imposition of the abjuration oath and “several other snares.”

(See the 1988 edition, pages 215, 218 and 222)

By the mid-18th century, few Presbyterian ministers opposed the union.

The dangers of the Jacobite rebellions revealed the threats that an independent Scotland would suffer from those who wished a return to Stuart tyranny of conscience.

It is surprising, if not alarming that ministers of Scottish Churches have shown such insipid neutrality towards a threat far greater than any Stuart king.

Secular humanism framed into our constitution would have such far reaching implications as to make the Stuarts appear positively generous in their persecutionof Presbyterians. It is not true that Scotland is “already a secular nation.” Two thirds of Scots have a religious affiliation.

Constitutionally, legally and politically we are bound to a Christian creed.

This is still a rallying point and a manifesto for Scotland’s future and ought to be our glory.

It is little wonder if God would leave Scotland to the judgement of independence and a secular constitution if its professed watchmen cannot blow the trumpet of alarm. Presbyterians should be in no doubt as to how Thomas Boston and other godly men who loved their Church would have cast their vote.

Rev David Campbell

Edinburgh EH4 6DF

FOLLOW SIMON?

Simon the Zealot gave up his struggle to overturn the existing constitutional arrangements when he became a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ. Would that more Christians in Scotland would follow his example.

Donald Mackay

Glasgow G41 2EJ

ESTABLISHMENT VIEW

Now that a clear majority North of the Border has comprehensively rejected Scottishness, surely it is time for us to have an Established Church in North Britain?

The Episcopal Church of Scotland would be ideal for this role and it would be only fitting were the Queen to appoint one of their Bishops to sit in the House of Lords alongside their Anglican colleagues.

John Eoin Douglas

Edinburgh EH7 4PX

ROYAL NAVY REUNION

Thank you again local newspapers, like this one, for printing my letters about reuniting those who have served together in the Royal Navy. I have received some lovely stories and am pleased to announce that over the years I have managed to reunite lots who have served together.

One of the main points in letters to me, is the missing of the camaraderie of those who served in the Royal Navy and ‘I wish I could relive some of it’, well thanks to a little bit of effort and co-operation, this can be done in the form of an ‘RN Shipmates Reunion’ which will be held over the weekend of February 27th – March 2nd in Bristol.

Contact me for Reunion details at: mike.crowe1@btinternet.com or at 7 Heath Road, Lake, Sandown, Isle of Wight. PO36 8PG (A stamp will help the pension if writing to me for Reunion details!)

Mike Crowe

Isle of Wight