MAY I suggest that rather than spend £10 million on pie-in-the-sky discussions about an independent Scotland, we instead invest in jobs.
I feel the Scottish Parliament’s façade needs an overhaul to give it a sense of dignity and strength of character. It should have a baronial-style frontage with a central entrance hall which is spacious and wide and gives a sense of light and welcome.
The Saltire should dominate and also there should be a sandstone lion, the one which used to be in Holyrood Park should be beside it.
Perhaps there should also be comfortable settees for visitors to relax in while reading the historical brochures, and large windows to let in plenty of light. At present any visitor would be hard pressed at first glance to say what purpose the building actually serves.
It is also time to face the fact that Scotland’s youth need direction and opportunities for employment and £10m could help. Edinburgh is a beautiful city and definite steps should be taken to give the parliament building more refined architecture.There are many people in Edinburgh who could provide the expertise for remodelling the building while creating jobs for young apprentices.
Most Scots, I would argue, are not interested in independence. Rather than spend money on a referendum campaign, we should celebrate our own identity and find ways of getting Scotland back to work.
Rona F Young
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