IN amongst all the brouhaha of destructive politics emanating from Westminster, I fell about over Kevin McKenna’s headline (Defection of the seven dwarves proves Labour is finished in the UK, February 20)!

Yes, their numbers are swelling, and who knows, maybe they think they will have 35+ in Westminster to overtake SNP. But their lack of legitimacy, not voted in, their ability to spin their lack of policies into some pseudo virtue does nothing to hide the fact that their similarities, any “bonding”, rests on a dissatisfaction with their own parties, party policies, or lack of, and a failure of strong leadership.

So what’s to vote for? What’s to follow and support? Their winning personalities, past voting records? I’m sure they’ll come up with something to put before the public to “support” in the very near future, just as they will miraculously find a financial backer or two.

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But in this process the future of rUK is being drawn out in the most self-destructive, previously unimaginable way! All emanating from the vitriol that is Tory ideology: the very ideology that has tormented every Tory MP since Britain joined the “European experiment”.

And what an irony that as this handcart rumbles on to the cliff edge, the bung to the DUP might be “worthless” if sufficient Tory MPs defect and if the Tories were to lose an election. A government brought down not by its inability to negotiate with the EU, but brought down by its inability to retain its own MPs. Who needs the Labour opposition?

Will the two main parties continue to fracture? Only the next few days will tell with regards to individual MPs prepared to cross the floor. Tories joining the opposition, and more Labour MPs moving to what they believe is the true opposition. Eh? So exactly how does that work?

The farce that is now the case where we see more that unites (some) Labour and (some) Tory MPs could never have been contemplated in the past. But could someone please whisper, or better still, shout it loudly to them, that the true opposition to Tory misrule since the last General Election has been the SNP? Week after week at PMQs and those thrusting questions from our MPs ranging from dodgy contracts to the (alleged) illegality that occurred during the EU referendum.

And any thoughts The Independent Group may have that Scottish voters would put their trust in a combo of Unionist Labour and Tory coming together in one party is even more amusing than Kevin McKenna’s headline.

Selma Rahman

POLITICAL parties usually emerge from a common single ideology. The Independent Group members have come together because, for one reason or another, they dislike the parties they have left. What is the common bond other than grievance that they share and will that endure? I doubt it.

The so-called centre in politics is a variable feast depending on where you start from. Personally I don’t think Blairites held that centre ground and despite all the demonising, the Labour party is by no means far left of centre. People actually like Labour’s policies, but they are the last things critics want to talk about. There is no way back from a disastrous Brexit. You wouldn’t think the perfect storm could get any more perfect, but it just has.

Mike Herd

WHAT happened to “nothing is agree until everything is agreed”? The EU is being more than a little disingenuous by imposing its red line of not negotiating the future trading relationship until the exit deal is signed off. If a “frictionless” deal is possible, this would solve the Irish Problem. The “backstop” could be set aside during the transition period or until the second stage is agreed and the whole thing signed in a comprehensive treaty. Of course the Prime Minister would have to compromise on her fanatical attachment to leaving the EU on March 29.

Mike Underwood

FOR the first time in my recollection, the Secretary of State for Scotland was seen by the Prime Minister’s shoulder on television coverage of PMQs on Wednesday. Mr Mundell is a shy wee soul and could it possibly be that his exposure to the front bench at PMQs is an admission by this UK Government that possibly, just possibly, Mrs May has given credit to his umteenth threat to resign if her actings continue to damage the Scotland he purports to represent?

KM Campbell

ADAM Tomkins appears to be speaking in the past tense when he states that Theresa May “was” “working harder than ever to prevent a no-deal Brexit from happening”. Where exactly is her “harder than ever” work getting her? The only reason she is still in Downing Street is the alarming and gruesome prospect of her political demise at the hands of one of the carrion crows circling overhead. She is now raising more unrestrained laughter in France than Jacques Tati  achieved in his entire career.

Financial footnote: How much are her fruitless, futile and delusional trips to Brussels costing the taxpayer?

Joe Cowan

QUITE a few folk recently have tried to denigrate the SNP by concentrating on the unpleasant connotations that attached to “nationalist” during the last war, and a number of independence supporters have suggested changing the party name.

Too much has been built in recent years on the current name for a complete change to be helpful. Why not, however, adapt it just a little, more in line with our sentiments and ambitions, and call the party the “Scottish Internationalist Party”? This could give us a new slogan of “The Internationalist Party of the Future” to replace the tired Stronger for Scotland.

P Davidson