From David Patrick
God help us! Another Sunday, and yet another futile intervention from Gordon Brown. (Universal credit payment cut completely unacceptable says Gordon Brown, 5th September).
I don’t doubt the sincerity of his motives, but what Mr Brown doesn’t recognise is that, while all recent Conservative governments in London have done their utmost to roll back the welfare state, Scots have already voted in a government in Holyrood committed to retaining and strengthening that welfare state.
But, frankly, Mr Brown’s political problems are much bigger than this. It is impossible not to see how far the central axes of politics north and south of the border have diverged in the last fifty years. We are now at a stage where an accommodation between the two has become virtually impossible.
If you don’t believe me, consider this list: Brexit, a progressive tax code, possession (or otherwise) of nuclear weapons, a state-owned NHS free at the point of delivery, dealing with the climate emergency properly, a welfare system that respects the dignity of those in need, attitudes to refugees, immigrants and immigration… I could go on, but that list of policy areas is more than enough to make the point.
In a nutshell, the UK state of which we are currently a part will not allow us to control fundamental aspects of government in order to fulfil our national aspirations – and that is why Scotland needs independence.
It really is that simple.