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Letter: I Hope The Union Survives And Leads To A Fairer Britain

Published on: 4 Sep, 2014
Updated on: 4 Sep, 2014

Union Flag Scot IndFrom Tony Teal

I applaud the timely article of Martin Giles [Opinion: Scottish Independence – A Guildford View] and the contributions of others such as Jim Allen. My passport states I am a British Citizen and member of a United Kingdom.

The fact I was born in England is not mentioned and has always been a secondary allegiance. It is however deeply distressing that my country, Britain, is now being attacked by nationalists whose belief focusses on an independent national identity as the ultimate political aim and panacea.

I will have no say whether Britain should be dismembered or not. If the shrewd political manipulators of the SNP have their way and Scottish independence occurs, the rest of the country is totally unprepared for the outcome.

Our own political leaders have shown a complete dereliction of duty in this regard. Few have made a positive case for the Union. Scotland, Wales, England and Northern Ireland have been politically and economically united for centuries, shared good and bad times from the industrial revolution, empire, two world wars until today.

Millions of us can trace within our families genetic ties across the Kingdom. There exists currently inequalities in all parts of UK governance which needs urgent attention. But evolution is better than dissolution.

We should celebrate our distinctive cultural heritages, but guard against injustices and grievances that all of us can cite, turning into a corrosive and dangerous nationalistic hostility. It seems to me in this modern era that working together as part of a larger whole rather than apart in smaller holes is the only real way forward.

I hope the Union persists and acts as a clarion call to resolve the many outstanding issues that Britain faces in order to achieve a fair, accountable and more just society.

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Responses to Letter: I Hope The Union Survives And Leads To A Fairer Britain

  1. Mary Bedforth Reply

    September 5, 2014 at 8:26 am

    The Scottish people should and will decide on their future.

  2. Liz Critchfield Reply

    September 7, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    It is not just the future of the Scottish people that is at stake – whatever happens will affect the whole of the United Kingdom.

    I, like many people, have Scottish relatives – are we to cross a border lined with armed guards in order to visit? I have no say in the matter and as a citizen of the United Kingdom, I strongly resent that.

    The ancients believed that their ordered universe was created from a formless and disordered mess called chaos. Our present world is facing a return to that state – read the headlines, look at the graphic pictures.

    This is not a time to give way to small-minded nationalism, rather a time to find common cause and remain a United Kingdom.

  3. Bernard Parke Reply

    September 7, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    Most of us have Scottish connection after over 400 years when a Scottish King took the English throne.

    My maternal grandfather fought in the Scots Guards for two years, away from his wife and small daughter, in South Africa and was proud to make the sacrifice.

    At this time, with so much unrest in the world it is sheer folly to preside over the break up of the United Kingdom which has given so much to the world in general,

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