Letters, July 22 2022

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Grass won’t be green under shade of neighbour’s tree

I am contacting you in response to the letter ‘The grass is not always greener’ by Brian Gee of Carradale East, printed in The Campbeltown Courier dated Friday July 15 2022.

I note there are many unreferenced and unsubstantiated claims within this letter from Brian.

What Brian fails to recognise is that a key promise from the ‘Better Together’ campaign in 2014 was that the only way for Scotland to remain in the European Union (EU) was to vote no (1).

It took only a few months before David Cameron, Prime Minister at the time, announced a referendum on membership of the EU.

All 32 councils in Scotland backed remaining in the EU with a majority of more than 600,000 votes (2), showing that the will of the Scottish people was blatantly ignored again by the UK Government and the Tories in power.

Brian has also chosen to ignore that the Spanish Government has already stated it would not block an independent Scotland from joining the EU, as long as any referendum was held legally and legitimately, according to their Foreign Minister (3).

The EU has funded several projects in Scotland that have had huge benefits to the people.

These include: Erasmus+ (€90.7m); Horizon 2020 Research Project (€55 per head in Scotland, compared to €40 per head in the rest of the UK), protecting our human rights; cross border judicial co-operation; £15 million to improve urban environments and accessibility; £22 million to reduce poverty; £700 million per year to support farming (4).

We have also lost our right to live and work in 28 countries and access to a market worth almost $20 billion (5).

The grass won’t be green under the shade of your neighbour’s tree.

References:

(1) https://twitter.com/UK_Together/status/506899714923843584?t=lge_HceBcMWQ_DUxxAxP1w&s=19

(2) https://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/who-we-are-and-what-we-do/elections-and-referendums/past-elections-and-referendums/eu-referendum/results-and-turnout-eu-referendum/eu-referendum-results-region-scotland

(3) https://www.reuters.com/article/uk-spain-politics-scotland-idUKKCN1NP25P

(4) Impact of the European Union in Scotland – some examples, a report produced by the Scottish Government.

(5) https://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2022/04/11/2419852/0/en/Europe-CRO-Services-Market-Size-2022-2029-worth-USD-35-91-Billion-exhibiting-a-CAGR-of-9-0.html

Dante Lopez, president, Stirling University Scottish Nationalist Association (SUSNA).

When is a child old enough to be left home alone?

School’s out for summer and parents will be making important decisions about childcare over the next few months.

There isn’t a legal minimum age for a child to stay home or go out alone and parents often call the NSPCC Helpline to ask for advice on the appropriate age.

There’s no set rule because every child is different, but between work appointments and other family commitments, it is inevitable parents will have to consider whether to leave their child home alone at some point.

Infants and young children aged birth to three years old should never be left alone – even for 15 minutes while you pop down the road. This also applies to leaving them in your car while you run into the shops.

While every child is different, we wouldn’t recommend leaving a child under 12 years old home alone, particularly for long periods of time.

A child who doesn’t feel comfortable about staying alone should never be left home alone. Even if they are older, they may not be ready to look after themselves or know what to do in an emergency.

We have checklists to help keep children safe. Visit https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/in-the-home/home-alone/.

Childline is also here for them. They can speak to a trained counsellor for free, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, on 0800 1111 or via 1-2-1 chat on www.childline.org.uk.

Gail Sayles, local campaigns manager, NSPCC Scotland.