Having established that Ian O Bayne (Letters, 3 July) does not wish to demean the contributions of David Hume and Adam Smith, will he now join with me in criticising VisitScotland’s inability to see that if the SNP’s first MP is considered worthy of an entry in its timeline, then the Enlightenment must also be?
As for the development of social democracy in Scotland, he might care to tell us why the SNP put up Dr McIntyre as a candidate in 1945, in spite of an agreement honoured by the other political parties not to contest elections so as to concentrate all our efforts on defeating Hitler.
Whatever this may be called, it is not social democratic.
They were seriously arguing that Scotland ought to strike out on its own, at the very time when, thankfully, most of their fellow countrymen and women realised there could be no good future for any of us if Hitler won.
During the Second World War there were some Nationalists who thought that the British state was at least as bad as the Nazis, and Hugh MacDiarmid wrote that a Nazi invasion of Britain would benefit Scotland.
Of course, I am not saying the modern SNP has any such views. But it is an uncomfortable truth that great poets should not always be allowed to influence our politics.