When Nicola Sturgeon first became the leader of the SNP her primary resolve was to be education. After a substantial period in power surely she must publish the OEDC Report into Secondary Education before the elections in May to allow the electorate to learn of the wonderful job she has done. Could there be a political reason for the delay in publication? GRAHAM SMITH Alnwickhill Road, Edinburgh

SCOTLAND does not need a bitter battle between nationalism and unionism. The country is crying out for “devolutionism”, where a government in Holyrood accepts our current devolved status, and uses the powers which it already has, to improve the quality of life for its citizens and make the country a better place to live. In its myopic quest for independence, the SNP has long neglected the day job. The current administration seems incapable of using the tools at its disposal to build a country that we can all be proud to belong to, and which is envied across the world. Drew Wright, Giffnock.

YET again another SNP farce in progress – quarantine hotel restrictions come into force and instantly the blame for the loophole created by Nicola Sturgeon introducing tougher restrictions than the rest of the UK is the Westminster Government’s problem. Sturgeon stated that the UK Government should be following Scotland’s lead and quarantining all arrivals, not just those on the ‘red list’. This is to stop all arrivals not on this list from travelling to Scotland and self-isolating at home as per the SNP instructions. SNP failure to introduce a workable system that is different from the rest of the UK is just another on the long list of shambles for this inept, talentless political party. PETER STALLARD, Callander, Stirlingshire.

THE only reliable non-political comments you can rely on regarding the Covid-19 virus are from Professor Linda Bauld, of Edinburgh University. She tells it exactly as it is without any political spin and in simple terms that ordinary people can understand. Let’s have more of this clarity of information and actual facts rather than the deluge of political fog that flows daily from our daily news broadcasts.

NEIL Mackay’s article (“SNP hostility to the press is a direct assault on democracy”, February 9) is a prime example of how the latest revelations and outrageous obfuscations from the Salmond scandal, and the acrimony, infighting and rumours inside the SNP, have provoked greater coverage and comment by the Scottish press and broadcast media. One day, the whole truth and the role of the SNP, the civil service, the judiciary and the quangocracy will come out. I just hope we are still living in the UK by then – and not in Nicola Sturgeon’s East Germany on the Clyde.

THE Salmond inquiry has exposed huge divisions within the SNP. It has also exposed somewhat different views of the same events. With this degree of breakdown in the cohesion of the party, is it really wise to proceed with a divisive referendum request which is bound to cause even more dissent within the SNP as well as split the entire country? The negative consequences for Scotland of attempting to break up the Union are becoming more stark daily. Winning might just be possible with enough spin but making a success of it is beyond the capabilities of a party at war with itself. Boris Johnson saying “no” might very well be the best thing ever to happen to Scotland.

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