Gazette Letters 15-05-14

Colin Cameron from Stornoway took this stunning image of the fast flowing waters of the River Creed in Lews Castle Grounds
Colin Cameron from Stornoway took this stunning image of the fast flowing waters of the River Creed in Lews Castle Grounds

Marriage is working

The ongoing scenario of a referendum in September is uncannily like marriage and divorce!

The result is usually very painful for both parties, and the children in any divorce are the most likely to suffer very badly.

This would also be part and parcel of a political divorce, and the children in this case would be the young people of Scotland, left high and dry by propaganda, and not knowing who to turn to for solace or comfort, just like many young children have experienced in such family situations in their lives.

The present marriage is working, so, if it ain’t broke, it does not need fixing!

But sadly the hurt is yet to be experienced if the people fall for the patter and end up divorced and like a broken marriage it never heals and causes long term pain for all concerned.

Just be aware of the bitter consequences.

Aonghas Eoghainn Mhoir,

Gerraidh na Monaidh,

Uibhist a Deas

a suggestion for Iain M. MacDonald

I was not in the least surprised to find that Mr Iain M. MacDonald (letters 24th April) even tried to equate the lights going out to the First Minister’s visit to the Western Isles!

I won’t be surprised to hear if we have six inches of snow next week that it was all the fault of Alex Salmond.

As far as power cuts are concerned, the biggest in history occurred several years ago, due to a seismic failure at the Sizewell ‘B’ nuclear plant, when more than twice the population of Scotland were plunged into darkness; this covering London and the whole South East of England.

May I suggest to Mr MacDonald that rather than trying to smear Alex Salmond, he would be far better employed trying to raise the profile of his party leader at Westminster.

When the BBC recently discussed possible actors for the proposed new film of ‘Dads Army’, a string of e-mails suggested that Private Pike should be played by Ed Miliband.

John S. Jappy

Moy Bridge Cottage


Muir-of-Ord IV6 7UY

Worse together - much worse!

Your correspondent has well documented the many negative implications and scaremongering of the so-called Better Together campaign to include: Trident, Illegal wars, Undemocratic government, Moral bankruptcy of so many at Westminster, The Bedroom Tax, Unelected old-boys ( and girls ) club – also known as the House of Lords, The supposed inadequacy of Scotland according to most of our National Press

And this negative list goes on and on.

All the above would either not have happened or would be fairly quickly rescinded by an independent Scotland but if any Better Together people can even begin to justify some of the above – please let me know.

Despite very limited financial powers the Scottish Government has done a plethora of positive initiatives to include free prescriptions, free university tuition fees, free personal care for the elderly, freezing of the Council Tax, 20,000 new apprenticeships, free off-peak bus travel for vulnerable groups, abolition of bridge tolls, air discount scheme – that positive list also goes on and on.

Interesting to note that David Cameron has agreed to have a public debate with Nigel Farage of UKIP but still refuses the same offer from Alex Salmon – I am old enough to remember the ‘ White Heather Club ‘ but now witness David Cameron as a member of the ‘White Feather Club’.

Poor Alistair Darling – I note that his ex-boss when he was a Councillor – John Mulvey - who was the Labour Leader of Lothian Regional Council for four years, has seen the light and embraced the Yes campaign and he joins many dyed-in-the-wool Labour activists such as Dennis Canavan – a veteran Labour MP for 26 years and of course Sir Charles Gray – Labour Leader of Strathclyde Regional Council for six years.

The message from the above is quite clear – a Yes vote is NOT necessarily a vote for the SNP - it is a vote for our future, for the future of our children and grandchildren but above all it is a vote for Scotland.

I conclude this message of hope with three interesting quotes:

“ Greed, over-centralised politics, and London-centricity – they all play their part in the alienation from Westminster politics that many of us are finding within and beyond the M25. My sense too is that where the vote on Scottish independence is concerned, Westminster politicians just don’t get it. For too many in Britain, Westminster’s fiddling is breeding political despair. It is despair that seems to be delivering UKIP south of the border and the possibility of a ‘ YES ‘ vote north of it. ” (Jon Snow following his recent visit to the Western Isles )

“A YES vote for independence is not only the right route for Scotland but also for the Scottish Labour Party.” ( Charles Gray - ex-Labour Leader of Stathclyde RegionalCouncil )

“ It is impossible to see any possibility of a real change happening without a vote for independence.” (Richard Holloway – former Bishop of Edinburgh )

John Mitchell

Ceol na Mara

7 Direcleit

Isle of Harris


Yes, well, referendum sickness, taking over the biosphere, attributing common sense or intelligence, to the speakers.

Where is compassion? Where the statistical collection of data about how much damage the display of intended racism will grow and has already grown?

The lack of education shown by those who speak without including enough accurate data, or taking responsibility for the long term shared history of the British Isles, of which the Scottish have always added elite administrations, is grief stricken.

It is beyond belief that any Scot can claim or acknowledge historical figures of global influence, eg Adam Smith, at the same time as claim to be marginalized, or treated as though they were a powerless minority.

Much of the British empire was administrated by Scottish-based elite, to turnabout now is to ridicule that long term integration and the lives spent on it.

Many British living in the South have Scottish ancestors and are partly related known by passed on living memory or retained clan names to people who left. Are these people no longer Scottish?

If so, are the Gaelic diaspora throughout the Commonwealth no longer part of the Isles? If so, therefore, should we no longer claim them as ours or recognize their achievements as common ground connected somehow to origin? And where will they go, if the places they are living in now has a referendum?

This is important, as the referendum claims to balance income distortion based on ethnic origin of long term identity and is claimed to even-up bias, effective in the long term based on what is and isn’t Scottish.

Yet, even if, the vote is yes, and normal geopolitical transitions, or ‘norms’ apply, and why shouldn’t they, then all that will happen is poverty will stay the same.

While it might seem like it could be like a tide changing, it is likely that nothing much will change in the social environment (other than increased dispute). This might be okay for those who can afford to wait for someone else to do something about the bigger problems like the coastal erosion of long term social problems, but there are many who can’t wait.

Who will keep these ones able and fill their expectations with something more sustaining than a hidden perception that looks a lot like an organised outright rejection of White Settlers, with the idea that it is ‘somehow their fault’ and that it will ‘somehow help’ to exclude these neighbours?

The referendum is at best a waste of resources diverting administration and integrity away from dealing with the issues and instead using it to foment reasons to hate our neighbour, and at worst a deliberate policy aimed at personal or minority ownership or monopoly, of the reigns of power.

The real question should be, if we will or won’t grace their politik with our input.

Hazel G Mansfield

[One great grandfather in the Black Watch and on the other side, of the Birrell clan, o’Fife]

BSc (Hons) Open (Open), Dip. Econ (Open), Dip. PolGovt (Open)]

11 Ford View, Tong]

Isle of Lewis HS2 0JB