ONE does not need to be another Einstein to figure out that the majority of the people of Scotland support self-determination and it is only a generally independence-hostile media that is keeping the polls almost equally split (and preventing that support from climbing above 60% in spite of perceived SNP turmoil).

When our purported impartial public broadcaster follows the Unionist directive of avoiding discussion on the consequences of Brexit and frames the independence debate as a separate matter from discussion of all other political topics, it is clear that BBC Scotland is not governed by professional objectivity.

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When news stories generally lack balance in criticising actions of the Scottish Government, as has been evident in the one-sided presentation of the arguments around the Gender Recognition Reform Bill and Deposit Return Scheme (both with majority cross-party support in Holyrood), but are generally scrupulous in attempts not to appear partial in any criticisms of the UK Government, it is obvious that the BBC does not represent a level political playing field.

When correspondents writing to national newspapers can still, seemingly shamelessly, make disparaging remarks about the competence of the Scottish Government apparently oblivious of the much greater scale of failings of the UK Government (at even higher cost to taxpayers in Scotland) it is clear that the BBC in Scotland has failed as a public broadcaster in both lacking impartiality and in reflecting political opinion on the fundamental issue of independence which is pivotal to the vision we have for our country.

Next year it will be ten years of tumultuous events since the first independence referendum, and every sincere democrat should support the right of the people of Scotland to hold a second referendum then or accept that the next General Election will be a legitimate expression of the people’s will on self-determination.

Stan Grodynski
Longniddry, East Lothian

Why is Scotland not independent as a country? Are there many reasons, or is there only one absolutely fundamental reason?

I asked Scotland that question on Saturday in an Indy/Live video, I also asked the very same question at the rally in Kilmarnock.

Why is Scotland not independent as a country? Answer – the Treaty of Union. When it no longer exists, Scotland will be an independent country.

When the Treaty was compiled and ratified, it – and it alone – ended hundreds of years of Scotland being an independent country.

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That is the reason for my answer, and on Saturday at that rally, and at every rally held in Scotland for over two years, I have heard the very same answer from fellow Scots, as they signed their individual Declaration of a Sovereign Scot.

That is why the Declaration of a Sovereign Scot starts with these words: “Exercising my Claim Of Right as a Sovereign Scot, I declare: I do not consent to the terms of, nor the continuation of, the Treaty of Union established through the Acts of Union in 1707.”

The originals are lodged at the HQ of the United Nations, but copies of each signed Declaration are kept to be our present-day version of the Declaration of Arbroath.

Will your signature be among them?

If you want to join all those who have already signed their Declaration, I will be at the Stirling All Under One Banner march/rally. You will find me at the rally point at Bannockburn where the march ends.

Mike Fenwick
via email

I AGREE wholeheartedly with Peter Swain that an independent Scotland must have its own currency and banking system.

It would appear, however, that he is unaware that this is exactly the detailed proposal submitted to the Scottish Government and party leadership in February 2022 by the Scottish Currency Group, led by Dr Tim Rideout, under the title of “The Road to the Scottish Currency”. Moreover, these proposals were presented for discussion at a subsequent SNP National Conference and were agreed virtually unanimously by the members.

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The Growth Report proposing the retention of sterling had been proposed at a National Conference a few years earlier, but was passed by majority only after much debate and a number of amendments. At that time no other proposals were on the table.

Although Nicola Sturgeon continued to favour the Growth Report, the later, much more widely approved Currency Group report supersedes that, and if the new leadership team are indeed returning to the principle of policy being made by the membership, that is likely now to be the accepted party policy.

These proposals allow for the necessary mechanisms to be planned in advance so that they can be put set up during negotiations, to be ready for our independence day.

Perhaps Mr Swain would be interested in looking up the Scottish Currency Group proposals, and might possibly also like to read and even contribute his views to

L McGregor

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BEFORE the FM loses his bottle, can I just say that eight years ago while visiting my son in Berlin we took our (extensive) collection of empty beer bottles to a local supermarket, I think it was called Kaisers.

We went in and there was a machine like a coffee machine with holes in the top. We put our bottles in and cash was dispensed at the bottom – nothing simpler. Why do we have to wait for England to get up to speed before we do anything?

As I said, this was eight years ago. Come on somebody, there is a way.

Richard Easson