The comments of Mr Roche (Letters, 13 November) are a clear statement of the sort of prejudice for which the SNP and its supporters stand. They object to people with an “English accent” holding positions of responsibility in Scotland.
Luckily, for those of us with a more balanced view of the nation as a whole, rather than just one corner of it, unlike Mr Roche and his fellow inverted chauvinists, we can see a fairly level playing field.
Indeed, dare I say it, if anything, the playing field is tipped in the favour of us within the Union.
If one wants to consider the undue influence of Scots within the Union, one need look no further than the last decade to see Scots domination in politics (two prime ministers and two chancellors of the Exchequer); in law, Charles Falconer running the English legal establishment; in medicine, Dr Hamish Meldrum, former chairman of the BMA; and Tom Winsor, former Rail Regulator and present Chief Inspector of Constabulary.
The list goes on, including managers of top English football teams and trades union leaders, actors and professionals, business people and radio presenters.
Indeed, Radio 4’s Today programme is often hosted by Aberdeen graduate, James Naughtie, and The World at One by Martha Kearney (albeit, she is Irish), a Watsonian.
Political comment is led by Andrew Neil – a Scot.
Who tells us about the history of our great country on television? Why, Andrew Marr – a Scot. What is Mr Marr’s comment? He says: “It is an amazing stroke of luck to be born British.”
I could not have said it better myself.
Andrew HN Gray