Letters from readers: In Scotland, Old Firm is the opium of the masses


Is Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou missing the big picture when it comes to Scottish football? (Image: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Anyone familiar with the horrible atmosphere from the streets to the workplaces before, during and after each Old Firm meet-up knows very well what I mean, as Old Firm “junkies” high on their last dose of bile. triumphalist and self-righteous hatred poison society. with its meaningless Neanderthalism. No other nation attaches such ridiculous importance to two football clubs over real-world issues to the extent that a mere change of manager is seen as worthy of being the main news headlines on Scottish television – an importance mainly due to culture. poisonous of recreational intolerance. they have shed crocodile tears for over 100 years while enriching themselves by keeping thousands in a state of arrested mental and emotional development by appealing to their worst instincts. The shame of Scotland, indeed.

Karl Marx called religion the opium of the masses. In Scotland it is the Old Signature, whose miasma still traps much of it in a mental time warp. Pundits said Devolution would change that mindset and make Scots get their priorities straight. Two decades have shown that it is not devolution but evolution that is required, but don’t hold your breath on our political classes, happy to play the sectarian twins of the footies, taking action at any moment on this side of hell.

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Mark Boyle, Johnstone, Renfrewshire

Chancellor Rishi Sunak comes to the rescue, reaching out to struggling households amid massive power surges and the crisis that will follow millions of households. The Chancellor has provided rebates through the local authority council tax, a rebate of £150 per annum for households living in the AD council tax bands. Very believable, until one realizes that those reimbursements will be dwarfed and outpaced by average earnings (£30,000) for the next National Insurance increases, an increase of approx. £200 per year.

Questions arise for those who don’t pay council tax, those who currently receive full council tax refunds? Will they receive retrospective assistance with their fuel bills? This scope by the Chancellor must be seen in the larger picture of the biggest welfare cut since the Second World War, with the removal of the £20 a week increase to Universal Credit, the cost of living increase in weekly shopping, increase of the cost at the pump, freezing the tax relief and now the interest rate goes up. Power is not transferred to Holyrood, it is reserved for Westminster and this move by the UK Chancellor is simply a short-term sticky plaster, effectively hanging working households out to dry, as they try to stay warm.

Catriona C Clark, Banknock, Falkirk

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Allan Sutherland and Alexander McKay (Letters, February 3) are fueling the Fear Project when it comes to pensions.

The UK government has a legal obligation to pay pensions to all those who have contributed to the system through their NI contributions, so it would continue to pay pensions to pensioners, whether they live in independent Scotland, Spain or elsewhere. country. It could only get out of that obligation by making a payment to the Scottish Government as part of separation negotiations, in which case the Scottish Government would take responsibility for paying UK pensions to retirees in Scotland.

Could Scotland afford it? Of course it could.

Firstly, the cost of providing a pension in Scotland is 8 per cent cheaper than in the UK due to our shorter life expectancy, so Scotland is effectively subsidizing UK pensions. Secondly, Scotland is one of the world’s richest countries by nature, with over a third of the UK’s natural wealth, including a quarter of renewable energy, 90% of fresh water, 70% of fish landings and 60% of timber. This largesse has been miserably managed by successive Westminster governments, who have squandered it on follies such as massive privatization of UK assets and tax cuts for the rich. By controlling our own resources and making decisions that benefit Scotland, we can build an economy that ensures a prosperous and sustainable future for all, not just the wealthy few.

Leah Gunn Barrett, Edinburgh

Even Baldrick of Blackadder would have had trouble coming up with a cunning plan as silly as Education Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville’s to improve classroom ventilation by cutting off the bottoms of doors (her report, Feb. 3). However, if that’s the government’s thinking, let me refine it to save unnecessary cost and ruining doors in the process. Why not use old class rags, the kind they used to throw at us when we were being stupid, to open the doors? At least when the stupidity of the plan is revealed, the implementation will be easy to reverse.

Martin Redfern seems to think that criticism of Boris Johnson in Scotland is personal and done for some kind of electoral advantage (Letters, February 2). But Scots increasingly want proper government and are concerned about the dire state of government at Westminster.

Johnson himself should resign as he has broken the ministerial code and misled parliament. But the Westminster government as a whole manifests corruption. Its legislation attacks democracy, including the judiciary and decentralized administrations. Brexit undermines our rights. Furthermore, the Tories’ privatization agenda means that public services are under attack, in particular the NHS.

The majority here want to adhere to the rule of law, not for this to be glossed over as the Tories have done with devolved agreement and the Geneva Convention.

Most here want to have a public health service as well. But unless Scotland is independent, the Conservatives will gradually abolish this in Scotland as they have done with great success and speed in England.

The majority here want human rights, including workers’ rights, so that there is protection, for example, in trials, privacy and marriage. Again, only an independent government here can hold them.

The independence cause does not decline. Polls show that more than 50 percent would support independence in a referendum and those who want a democratic opinion, that is, an independence referendum, represent a considerably higher percentage.

Sarah Baillie stated that “Scotland now meets its electricity needs with renewable energy” (Friends of the Scotsman, January 31). This is incorrect and misleading. Almost all electricity consumers in Great Britain receive power from the National (Electric) Grid which is powered by various generators. As I write, only 50.8 percent comes from renewable energy, 33.4 percent comes from burning fossil fuels, and 15.7 percent from low-carbon sources. The latter will include nuclear power with some solar power. Consumers in Scotland are not isolated; we receive the same electricity as the rest of the UK. Nor, contrary to what some companies claim, can the source of the electricity we receive be identified as coming from a particular generation source.

Steuart Campbell, Edinburgh

Dr. Paul Arnell asks why sections of the press demonize cyclists (Perspective, February 2). Part of the answer lies in the image that accompanies the article, which shows cyclists and cars on a dull, wet day. Most of the vehicles shown have their lights on. The three cyclists are dressed in gray, muted colors that do not stand out in that light. Neither have any kind of high visibility clothing, nor any lights showing. One is even riding on the pavement.

Drivers do not like to be surprised by bicyclists unexpectedly appearing beside them in such darkness. Bicyclists like the ones in the photo are increasing their own risk and definitely have a responsibility to make themselves visible. This also applies on rural roads, where the sooner a driver can spot them, the better for all concerned.

I am only surprised that the Highway Code does not highlight the responsibilities that all of us on our busy roads have to reduce risk at all times.

Adair Anderson, Selkirk, Scottish Borders

Are you really unaware that the same player has been playing for a number of years for a professional team in Scottish League One? Clyde FC is much closer to the FM homeland and has been playing there since 2016. In that long period, not a word emanated from Nicola Sturgeon.

So, once again, it looks like an unmitigated bandwagon jump, and of course one of his best friends is making the biggest ruckus. But clearly, it wasn’t important enough to mention at any point in the last five years.

This seems like just one more example of blatant and sick political opportunism.

Alexander McKay, Edinburgh

She finds in her penultimate paragraph “…mountains that rise to the clouds, bluebells that grow in the spring, wind turbines that spin powerfully yet peacefully…” all this in a glass of tap water?

I’ll have a little of whatever you’re drinking, please.

EP Carruthers, Lockerbie, Dumfries and Galloway

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