THE media chatter and speculation about an election raises many scenarios, especially for the Conservatives.

Remainer candidates who are ready-adopted are problematic and will probably not be re-adopted as their party hierarchy is for No Deal. One could expect a purge after the usual denunciations. For the Tories north of the Tweed, that could be a problem. The denunciations in the Tory press have already begun. As the Brexit party is hinting at a deal with the Tories to let the Faragistes stand as sole Brexiteers in Remain constituencies south of the Tweed, a real stramash awaits.

As for the confused Labour Party, their shrivelled branch in Scotland is now below the radar and passive. One thing for certain is that Jeremy Corbyn can only operate within an English context. Devolution is beyond his ken and an irritant.

The LibDems are now afflicted by delusions of übergrandeur. Their new leader struts the stage full of self-importance and fires off diktats to other parties telling them what she will allow or not allow. Jo Swinson was a minister in the Cameron-Clegg government and is a Westminsterite BritNat who still praises the policies undertaken by that government! These damning policies have been listed extensively by Carolyn Leckie (Labour’s role in the rise of right long predates Corbyn, August 5).

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The Unionists in Scotland are going to succumb directly and indirectly to the Brexit debacle as they will likely default to a Westminster centrist power grab. They are so in denial that Scots voted to remain in the EU they never champion that fact.

The Westminster set-up is facing problematic issues in the run-up to October 31. Its quasi-constitutional structures and processes – aka make it up as you go along and shake in a few precedents and “conventions” clothed in archaic language to justify actions – have now fossilised it.

The projections to date indicate that the Unionists north of the Tweed face almost wipe out in any UK election giving them added relic status. It is time for Scots to leave the relic-Union, now unfit for purpose at home and abroad.

John Edgar
Kilmaurs

DEAR BBC Scotland, thank you, how refreshing a huge chunk of the morning news hour spent on investigating the sex life Basking Sharks. It’s almost as if there was a Scottish story you didn’t want to mention. No I’m sure you would have been shouting the number 52 if only you’d known, or is the BBC Scotland news team now as relevant as early morning reruns of Peppa Pig?

Murray Forbes
Milngavie

WHEN I worked in the public sector many years ago and was being trained to write reports and the like, one maxim was that “the adjective is the enemy of the noun”. We should not use unnecessary adjectives such as in “serious emergency” or “grave crisis” because what else is an emergency but serious and a crisis but grave?

It is the reverse in politics today where the struggle is to control what is called the “narrative”. We have become accustomed in recent years to the fact that Unionist politicians cannot say the word referendum without attaching the word “divisive” to it.

A fresh order has clearly been issued from No 10 and no minister can now pronounce the word backstop without qualifying it as “undemocratic”.

This is what passes for political discourse today. All the effort is on the attempt to establish a dominant perspective but never to justify it. No-one explains how a measure, negotiated willingly and painstakingly by two parties to an agreement, has overnight become “undemocratic”; and the same politicians are certainly not invited to provide this explanation.

Gavin Brown
Linlithgow

I AWAIT Michael Fry expressing more enlightened views on measuring GDP, economic growth rates, their impact on government policy and the overall direction in which societies appear to be heading (In praise of GDP: Why the search for wellness needs to start with wealth, August 6).

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Three hundred years of industrialisation has spread many benefits across developing nations, healthcare and improved housing being prime examples. It also achieved slavery, wars, vast wealth inequality and produced a consumer boom and nuclear weapons.

Is this system of running world economies reaching peak performance? Scotland take heed and lead.

Until the world’s politicians and their economic advisors place holistic values, sustainable food supplies and the rate of environmental change at the top of their calculations another 30 years may supply the answer.

Iain R Thomson
Strathgass

READERS might feel, quite reasonably given the evidence, a wee bit depressed and hopeless about the state of the world’s ecology and the damage we’re doing to our environment. It is worth remembering the success that reminds us we can and must do some things to stop this disaster that is so obviously an emergency.

The Montreal protocol, in 1987, banned the chemicals responsible for depleting the ozone layer. It showed emergency action by governments was possible. While the damage has not been reversed, the ozone layer has thickened and the hole over the Antarctic has reduced.

We have to do so much more than this by supporting movements like Extinction Rebellion as well as telling our governments to do more with our taxes and resources in the face of this emergency.

Our media every day should publicise what really needs to be done and what is being done to save our environment rather than bleating on about how to make more profits.

Perhaps our politicians should listen to our scientists, and we need to the political will to act.

Norman Lockhart
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