Kate Forbes’ Budget reveals just how precarious Scotland’s finances actually are (your report, 10 December). As the handouts continue the revenue dries up. This is unsustainable. To compound this folly, Nicola Sturgeon’s attitude to the Cambo oil field is having major repercussions. In essence, the prospect of Scotland going its own way has been dealt a major blow by the very people suggesting independence. The surge of the omicron variant has highlighted the need for Westminster support. Sturgeon now finds herself needing, again, to backtrack on her “promise of indyref2 by 2023. It is downhill all the way from here. Gerald Edwards, Glasgow.