Better with a democratic parliament

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I AM not sure that many of those who lost relatives in the pursuit of expanding Britain’s colonial territories would share Joan Mitchell’s assessment (Letters, 5 August) that our 300-year-old political partnership has “by and large, been a success story”.

Having said this, most supporters of the Yes campaign would probably agree that there were many British achievements during this 
period, even if the rewards enjoyed by some were disproportionate to their relative talents and contributions.

Perhaps, though, before “the undemocratic power of multinational companies” is discussed we might progress the independence debate with a subject on which it should be much simpler for the 
Better Together Campaign to find common purpose, such as reform of the House of Lords.

Certainly advancing democracy around the world is a commendable aim, but surely if we are sincere about this 
objective we should put our own governmental structure in order first.

In spite of promises made by the Labour and Liberal
parties, as well as apparently supportive words by some members of the Conservative Party, we still today witness regular appointments to our upper house of parliament of those whose primary merits have simply been to provide funds to the major political parties.

While in the heyday of the Empire it could have been claimed that Britain led the world in advancing democracy, that status has long gone and it is time for those seriously concerned about the prospects for future generations of Scots to recognise this and start living in the present.

Stan Grodynski


East Lothian