OH dear, I think someone had a bit too much to drink over the New Year! Or should that be two people, the writer of the article and the editor (No to the Jubilee ... yes to indy!, Jan 2)?

I got to the part about Bruce beating Edward I at Bannockburn and had to read it again. As every true Scot knows, it was his son Edward II who fought and lost at Bannockburn and not Edward Plantagenet [Edward I King of England] – the self-appointed “Hammer of the Scots”, often referred to by his nickname “Longshanks”. Edward of course fled the field and his Standard and Crown were captured by the Scots.

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Being in neither camp with regards to being a republican or supporter of continuing with the Windsor clan as head of state after independence, I would agree that we have some sort of public exhibition of support of independence during the Jubilee celebrations. After all, those wanting to retain the Queen, or the monarchy, can fly the Lion Rampant. Indy street parties could become an annual event if held on the weekend nearest to the anniversary of Bannockburn. The Jubilee hoo-ha kicks off in June and the Battle of Bannockburn was in June. After all, the Queen is Queen of Scots at the end of the day and a direct descendant of Robert the Bruce, King of Scots.

Wishing everyone a happy New Year and looking forward to meeting old friends at forthcoming independence marches and rallies during 2022.

Alexander Potts

I THINK you’ll find that Robert the Bruce was not facing Edward I, or his England, at Bannockburn as he had died seven years before the battle took place. I know this maybe considered pedantic, but the facts of Scottish history are so often perverted to a cause that I think that we should take the time to keep them as accurate as possible.

Neil Morison

I SUPPOSE, when you think about it and after reading Shona Craven’s excellent recall of that excellent television series Yes, Minister, that it does resemble the government currently occupying the Westminster parliament (Did Johnson pinch tips from Yes, Minister plots?, Dec 24).

The fact that it was on the telly when Johnson was 20 years of age, as suggested by Shona Craven, and gallivanting with the likes of David Cameron and company around the Oxford pubs and restaurants in their bow ties and tails creating havoc, it might have served as a very good apprenticeship scripture for his eventual career in politics.

Johnson has a very insincere opinion of his present job as Prime Minister. In fact, no less sincere since he began his working (if that is the right description) career.

A recent diktat to emanate from his government was reported in The National. It concerned the write-up by Kathleen Nutt about the price of parcel delivery to the Highlands and islands and other remote areas of Scotland, which has been a bone of contention for too long (SNP demand Tory action as Scots pay £45m in delivery fees, Dec 24).

Examples were given where delivery is free for the likes of Surrey compared to around £15 for goods costing up to £99 to somewhere like Elgin. Theresa May promised to look into things during her short tenure, which means she likely forgot she put it on the Scottish back-burner.

However, the word now is that while deliveries are reserved to Westminster, Johnson’s government suggests that it is up to the Scottish Government (still recognised) to “improve transport links to help reduce costs”.

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Hell’s teeth! You couldn’t make it up. Scotland needs to build more roads suitable to pass over or under mountain ranges in order to deliver a package to the likes of Mrs MacIndeor who bides in somewhere like Achiltibuie. Now there’s a challenge for any postie.

But seriously, there are sufficient roads, albeit some of single track, to reach even the remotest clachan. My wife and I have driven the NC500 in both directions and criss-crossed the Highlands from west to east without problem, admittedly before the tourist driver got to hear about it.

So, fae heaven’s sake Mr Johnson, tell yersel and yer bonny pals tae get aff yer bahooky and on yer bike and come awa’ tae the Highlands yersels. There are some grand views tae see and fine B&Bs tae bide fae a wee while.

Alan Magnus-Bennett

LEVELLING-UP doesn’t seem to apply to the exorbitant delivery charges in Scotland. In a fair society the only difference between less accessible areas should be the time taken for deliveries, not the cost. Independence will deliver for Scotland.

Happy New Year.

James Arthur
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IF it is true, as I read, that Boris authorised the repatriation by air of dogs to Britain from Afghanistan and left children to be killed whose only fault was that their fathers had worked for the British, then British becomes Brutish and I would prefer to live in Scotland and call myself a Scot. Roll on independence!

Elizabeth Buchan-Hepburn