Leah Gunn Barrett
Brian Monteith’s first sentence, “Scotland is a failed state,” is false because for Scotland to be a state we would need to have our own sovereign government with the right and capacity to make treaties and agreements with other states (22 March). And therein lies the rub.
If Scotland were a state, we wouldn’t have left the world’s largest free trading bloc and wouldn’t be suffering a 63% nosedive in exports, a ban on tree exports, and food and drug shortages with worse to come.
If Scotland were a state with our own central bank and currency we would have had the capability to borrow as much as required to support our people and economy, and would have been able to close our borders to prevent Covid spread, saving thousands of lives. We would not be staring down the terrifying prospect of a 40% increase in nuclear warheads less than an hour from our largest city.
If Scotland were a state, we would not have tens of billions of pounds diverted to Westminster to be squandered on debt servicing, privatisation of public services and English infrastructure projects. Our economy would not be dominated by five big commercial banks that create and lend money for unproductive financial and asset transactions that add zero value to the nation.
If Scotland were a state, our health service would not be vulnerable to US vulture capital firms nor would we have the lowest state pension in the developed world.
When Scotland is a state, with our vast natural resources, educated people, history of innovation and international outlook, we will be a sustainable, fair and wealthy nation. That, Mr. Monteith, is how Scotland will be a model not only for rUK but for the world.