THE red herring, rabid nonsense espoused by both Brian Wilson (Perspective, 16 January), and Andrew HN Gray in his supportive letter (17 January) appear to apply exclusively to Scotland in their reductive, concentric logic.
The world doesn’t work in the way that both raise as possible consequences of Scotland voting Yes in the independence referendum.
Given that Mr Wilson led opposition to devolution for Scotland and Mr Gray reliably writes his individual version of a history of Scotland that presents our country as an unconstructed jigsaw puzzle, perhaps there is no surprise in their logic.
But if they applied the forbears approach to Britain generally that they do to Scotland and its islands, they should be recommending some form of amalgamation with the Scandinavian bloc, because of the Norman Conquest and subsequent cultural and other effects of this up and down and across Britain.
But no chance of them being comfortable with this proposition, given the histories of independence as a precious aspiration and achievement by the Nordic, Scandinavian countries. Not to mention the frequent analogies made with our Nordic neighbours in respect of Scotland desiring a return to being self-governing.
At best, the view from Messrs Wilson and Gray is mischievous politics, whimsical and absolutely blinkered. I even feel some guilt in giving it thought-room.
The Scottish Government’s rejection of Shetland’s right to its own separate oil revenue, as reported in Brian Wilson’s article, has already been contradicted by one of the leading lights in its own troupe.
In a sterling performance on Andrew Neil’s Politics Show, the Western Isles MP Angus B MacNeil claimed that, if Shetland opted for autonomy from an independent Scotland, the islands would obtain “a fair” percentage of the riches of the North Sea.
When pressed further to define what this might be, MacNeil accepted Neil’s suggestion of 25 per cent, claiming this sounded “about right”. One can only wonder what has happened since to change the Nationalists’ mind of what constituted “fairness”.
Perhaps it is the same motivation that has altered their opinion of what is “too wee”. Some observers, of course, are creating their own version of what the SNP has always said is the Unionist mantra of “too wee, too poor, too thick” – though, of course, even that phrase was a Nationalist original.
Copyright of John Swinney, I believe…
Donald S Murray
I STRONGLY object to Dunoon-born Brian Wilson’s scaremongering diatribe and claims that the oil-rich Outer Hebrides could decide to stay under English control after the referendum.
Several of my family who fell in the First and Second World Wars would turn in their graves had they been aware of such hypothetical and far-fetched nonsense.
All were Scottish through and through and proud of it.
Former Labour Party MP Mr Wilson (now resident in Lewis) will never be accepted as an islander or indeed speak on their behalf – even if he stayed there till doomsday.
Donald J Morrison