Speaking up for Scotland

In his absurd Jock-baiting "essay" ("Scotland returns to the Dark Ages", 21 May), Tim Luckhurst first listed at length his progressive and correct views on abortion, education, Section 28, proportional representation, Catholic cardinals and fox-hunting, and then moaned that considerable sections of the Scottish electorate, having a regrettable "pre-modern small-town mentality", do not fall in with those views. So far so good. A similar article could have been written any time in the past 200 years about provincial benightedness (Luckhurst has a swipe also at the Irish).

But his main point is that the Scottish Parliament should be abolished because all the above shows it is "moving in the wrong direction"! I presume he has heard of the progressive idea of democracy. Or does he think that it would be better if the whole world was governed from Islington?

Walter Stanners
Cambridge

Scotland is depopulating slowly. That is because control of Scotland's economy from London makes Scotland a poor country with insufficient jobs for well-educated youngsters. It is not "Dutch hippies" who have taken over the Highlands but middle-class English people who are driving out the young Gaels, who can get neither jobs nor houses, and consequently are destroying Scotland's Gaelic language and culture.

Andrew Lockhart Walker
Dollar, Clackmannanshire

This article first appeared in the 28 May 2001 issue of the New Statesman, And men shall speak unto men