I WANT independence, but I am absolutely raging to see our First Minister parading about at the Edinburgh Festival.

She is proving to be no better than Boris Johnson.

The Prime Minister and First Minister are AWOL in the midst of several crises.

In my opinion, the FM did well during Covid, but she should be tied to her desk and be banging the heads of CalMac chiefs and her Transport Secretary to get the ferry services for the islands sorted out. Swanning about at the festivals sorts nothing other than increasing her personal profile, none of which helps islanders get a pint of milk.

I want to go on holiday to the Western Isles, but not while this shambles continues.

If appearing in Vogue magazine and high-profiling yourself at the Edinburgh Festival is your preferred option, move aside and let someone else take us to the promised land of independence.

IB Archibald