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READERS’ LETTERS: Boris Johnson’s Scotland visit like Caligula to Rome’s rebels

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon welcomes Prime Minister Boris Johnson outside Bute House on July 29, 2019.
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon welcomes Prime Minister Boris Johnson outside Bute House on July 29, 2019.

Madam, – Prime Minister Boris Johnson scuttling out of Bute House to avoid protesters, like the Cowardly Lion from Wizard of Oz, was an embarrassing sight.

This preposterous, buffoon heads the most right-wing government in UK history.

His turbo-charged no-deal Brexit “plan” will cost jobs, devalue the pound, bankrupt business and wreck the economy. Johnson is rightly despised by millions of Scots.

This Eton-Educated ‘Hooray Henry’ can barely conceal his contempt for the “lower orders”. His fiesta of empire nostalgia has almost zero significance, appealing only to those Orange Order bigots and other half-crazed Union Jack-waving knuckle draggers who can rightly be branded credulous morons.

This group’s only pleasure is to gloat at the idea of Scotland suffering the same fate as the rest of the UK as a result of a no-deal Brexit.

Britain plunges towards a no-deal exit under conditions in which, one study said, the economy may already be in a recession, with forecasts of a 10% collapse in the value of the pound and an increase in inflation to above 4%.

Boris Johnson’s visit to Scotland was very much in the role of Emperor Caligula visiting one of Rome’s rebellious provinces.

The only positive was that it nailed the lie (and it is a lie) that Ruth Davidson has any influence whatsoever over UK Government policy and, further, that the Tories’ Scottish branch has been detoxified.

The ‘Scottish’ Tories are still a viper’s nest of bigots, Orange sympathisers and sexists who are motived only by greed and war.

Alan Hinnrichs.

2 Gillespie Terrace,



Davidson must show her loyalty

Madam, – How’s this for sheer, unadulterated, eye-popping imbecility?

After three years of internal party wrangling; and facing the prospect of a minority government, the leader of Scottish Conservatives launches an advance attack on our new British prime minister.

I can go along with the myth that Ruth Davidson has done good for the Scottish Tories.

Of course she stands head and shoulders above the other party leaders; but that is more due to their inadequacies than any special virtues on her part.

After all, she is only one of many politicians who are or were far too young (therefore too inexperienced and unqualified) to cope with the task of running a country.

And in the final analysis, our Tory Party had more MPs in 1979 than at present.

Wee Ruthie has done nothing more than halt the depressing run of inept and ineffective leaders we endured over the past 40 years (in my opinion).

But we do ourselves no favours if we tolerate her recent outburst against Boris Johnson.

Likes or dislikes don’t come into it. Members have elected him as leader; therefore he is entitled to expect full and total support (especially from those in leadership roles).

We need a refresher course in this democracy thing. It only works with an adversarial system wherein various parties offer different opinions.

Party members are of course allowed to argue, but the majority view must be upheld and supported by all.

Anyone who disagrees is free to leave. It really is as simple as that.

And those so-called rebels must be dealt with.

If they wish to indulge egos by obstructing party policy while simultaneously pocketing salaries and expenses (courtesy of the party), then they should be expelled as the cowards and parasites they are.

Jim Parker.

9 Banchory Green,




What now for the great hope?

Madam, – Not so long ago Ruth Davidson was the great hope of the Conservative Party in Scotland, a potential future prime minister it was said. Then she became pregnant and disappeared for the duration of the Brexit campaign, which was, for her, as a voluble remainer, very convenient.

Unfortunately Brexit has gone on, and on, and she has now, reluctantly, had to re-emerge into the spotlight, only to have a disastrous Tory leadership campaign, backing, one after another, the person she thought best able to keep Boris Johnson out of power, only to end up humiliated, as he swept all before him to become prime minister.

He then sacked Davidson’s friend David Mundell as Scottish Secretary, and replaced him, over Davidson’s head, with an aristocratic toff of whom nobody has ever heard.

Where now for ‘the great hope’?

I suspect Ms Davidson will be having a lot more time to spend with her new baby.

A much better use of her time and talents, I would suggest.

Les Mackay.

5 Carmichael Gardens,



The future seems brighter

Madam, – Although much belated, the appointment of a new prime minister, apparently one with a sense of purpose and with a fair degree of authority, bodes well for the country.

Once clear of the socio-political quagmire which has dogged the country for several years, real progress may yet materialise.

Meantime, it should not be forgotten that the country still rests upon the crumbling edifice the once greatest empire of them all.

Kenneth Miln.

6 Swallow Apts,

Union St,



Spending spree? Here’s my list

Madam, – I have heard Boris Johnson and his new government making promises to spend billions of pounds on many different projects in order to win over the UK electorate to their vision of the future for our dis-United Kingdom.

I resist asking the obvious question of how on earth we can afford his expensive plans whilst we are still paying for austerity and having a humungous national debt already.

I have decided to join Boris in his optimistic spending spree and wish to make my claim for a piece of the cake.

My request to him is for a campervan and two season tickets for Tannadice for myself and a friend.

Harry Key.

20 Mid Street,



Unlawful encampments

Madam, – I note again that the council is having problems with an unlawful encampment of Travellers at the Montrose health centre area. I recall that over three years ago the same problem arose on the South Links.

Why does the council not implement its by-laws covering this problem?

They should dig out the Civil Government (Scotland) Act 1982 and read Section 112, which sets out the rules for the management of the district parks, gardens and open spaces.

One such rule states that without prior consent, no one can bring any vehicle or caravan into these places and, if these rules are not obeyed then the council will require the person or persons who have broken or is about to break the rule, to leave the area.

Failure to leave is then an offence under Clause 118a of the 1982 Act with a penalty of £100.

Perhaps it is time the council puts a bit more effort in to establish another Travellers’ site elsewhere in Angus to mitigate further problems and disruptions.

I won’t hold my breath.

John M Page.

8 Panter Crescent,