IT was cheering to read that our First Minister considers that the economic measure of GDP is not the best indicator of how well a country is doing (FM calls for shift in focus towards wellbeing over growing GDP, July 30).

Her statement is important because it gives us an idea of what a future independent Scotland might look like – a country where the happiness of all its citizens, not the wealth of the country, is at the heart of policy.

This reassures us that we are moving towards an independent Scotland which will be better than the old Scotland.

However, it would seem that the Growth Commission Report and the latest trade document Scotland, A Trading Nation still rely heavily on GDP as the measurement of success in our nation.

Jean Kemp
St Andrews TTIP Action Group