Independence won’t drive greed away

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While I wholehearted agree with Joyce McMillan (Perspective, 8 February) for a change, being aware of her political leanings I cannot stop believing that she may wish to infer that such NHS and banking scandals would not occur in an independent Scotland.

Splitting the UK will in no way affect this unfortunate aspect of our modern society, where greed and self interest appear to the main driving forces of most people.

I do not think either that 
it is restricted to the top public servants and business leaders but it is much more obvious at their pecuniary heights.

Also, I have seen no evidence that such problems do not exist in the NHS in Scotland and certainly many of the offending businesses are either Scottish-based or operate in Scotland – and I do not mean only the banks.

This problem is global and will only be solved on a ­global level when those given responsibility, and handsomely paid for it, ­realise that their duty is to more than themselves and their shareholders but to the world they live in, along with six billion others.

We all – not just those who can ­afford to avoid paying their share of their dues – have a right to enjoy the world we were born into.

Those who are paid well because they are in a position of responsibility must take that responsibility, in all its manifestations, or move aside and let someone, who will take on that role, do so. 
Believing that Scotland could be different from the rest of the world is more rose-tinted thinking.

Ian Ross

Eden Lane


It might surprise Joyce ­McMillan to learn that some on the political Right agree with her about the state of the UK (although would point out that some of the worst banking sins were carried out here, hence there is no sympathy with the idea of ­independence).

Those of a traditional one-nation Conservative mindset (who, in Europe, would be Christian Democrats) will agree with much of what she says – although will disagree with much too, such as on her views on abortion, gay marriage and high taxation.

The UK is more or less morally bankrupt, but is the cure political or religious?

William Ballantine

Dean Road

Bo’ness, West Lothian