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No right of way

According to Brian Allan (Letters, 30 November), there is increasing concern about the political stance and direction of the SNP. Who is concerned?

What he says is partly true regarding fairly feeble attempts by New Labour during the 1990s to dub the SNP “Tartan Tories”.

The truth then as now is that New Labour stole Tory policy in order to get elected. Not so much the Red Flag as the Pale Pink 
Banner.

The broadly left-of-centre policies of the SNP can never be described as “Tartan Toryism”.

The SNP has never claimed any “one party” right to the cause of independence.

As a Nationalist since before I was old enough to vote – and now approaching retirement – I’m delighted to have the Socialists, the Greens, and I believe an organisation within Labour ranks calling itself “Labour for Independence”, all endorsing and taking part in the Yes campaign.

Neither has the SNP spoken about a socialist republic. As a party the SNP is fully supportive of the monarchy. On a personal level I would go as far as to say I’m a monarchist, much as I would like to see the monarchy trimmed down.

I read recently that between 1885 and 1999, Scotland as a whole only voted for a Conservative government twice – in 1900 and 1955.

It is an indisputable fact that John MacLean and Jimmy Reid are far more worthy of their places in Scottish history than Maggie Thatcher and her henchmen, or Tony Blair, will ever be.

Scotland is a socialist country. We have not had a socialist government in any form since 1979.

Who is getting it wrong? Those of us in the Yes campaign – broadly, but not exclusively on the left of Scottish politics – or misguided people like Brian Allan who seem to think that Scotland is better served by Westminster and its procession of right-of-centre governments of whatever political colour?

Malcolm Brown

Houldsworth Street

Blairhall, Fife

 

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