Scottish power cuts?

July 17, 2014

Christopher Beedham can find out what his vote for independence will deliver if he reads Scotland’s Future – Your Guide to an Independent Scotland, the nationalists’ vision for Scotland (“A vote to leave the market”, Letters, 3 July). There he will find the aspiration that arrangements to fund university research would remain the same as at present.

As to giving academics more power, Michael Russell’s interventionist and interfering micromanagement of the colleges in Scotland shows that we might expect the opposite.

T. Hugh Pennington
Aberdeen

Andrew Miller
Edinburgh

Peter Holmes
Helensburgh

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The SNP government’s White Paper on independence, Scotland’s Future (see also “Visions of independence: No”, Features, 14 August), is not the point. The point is that the SNP is a lobby group turned political party which in theory, if Scotland votes yes to independence in September, could disband having achieved its objective, though of course in practice it presumably will indeed stay on and contest the first elections in an independent Scotland. Either way, once Scotland is independent the party-political landscape in Scotland will look different from how it looks today, and nobody can know in advance which parties will contest the first general election in an independent Scotland and how they will fare. One thing is certain, however, and that is that given the greater emphasis placed on social justice and pragmatism (as opposed to political dogma) in Scotland compared to England the dogmatic and disastrous extreme right-wing version of the market system favoured by successive Westminster governments will do badly and will be wound down as quickly and as smoothly as possible in all areas of Scottish society, including the universities, whichever party wins that first election. Christopher Beedham Department of German, University of St Andrews

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