Not quite…
Fraser Grant has excelled himself with his latest sermon for an Independent Scotland away from the shackles of Westminster (Letters, 21 January). He says: “Scotland produces the vast bulk of the UK’s oil and gas” but the Scottish Government has just announced a presumption against new oil and gas exploration.
He then says: “Per head of population Scotland exports twice as much as the rest of the UK, mainly due to our food and drinks industries”. Does he not realise that there is a Scottish Government consultation on a crackdown on alcohol advertising and promotion underway?
He says that Scotland has vast renewable sources of electricity; presumably he means when the wind blows. However, these wind machines are not owned by the Scottish Government but by companies, mostly foreign, who supply the UK National Grid with electricity.
But Mr Grant kept his best until last. He talks about Scotland’s “highly educated population”. Education standards have been falling for years and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development found in 2021 that the Scottish education system had failed to keep pace with best practice and had no long-term strategies or vision. This under SNP leadership since 2011.
Clark Cross, Linlithgow, West Lothian

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