It is abundantly clear why the First Minister has decided to use the divisive rhetoric of having a “Tory-free” Scotland or questioning the “fitness” of Keir Starmer to lead the country. He stood as the “continuity” candidate following Nicola Sturgeon who one recalls saying she “detested” all Tories. He simply does not want to be examined on the disastrous policy record of an SNP government that has been in power too long. Further, the SNP continue with their quixotic Independence papers, with their latest paper on Defence in an Independent Scotland being universally derided but again it diverts focus away from their domestic record. Unfortunately for the First Minister, the forthcoming election will be dominated by the SNP’s utter failure in education, health and transport and no diversionary tactics will take that focus away. Richard Allison, Edinburgh.