Does MP really believe what he’s saying?

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Having previously held Michael Moore MP in some regard, I found his arguments for Scotland retaining the present links strangely lacking in conviction (Hawick News, September 20), and I wonder if he himself really believes his assertions.

Maybe he feels that Vince Cable is enough for Nick Clegg to cope with for the present, and does not wish to further rock an increasingly unsteady ship.

The size of the economy relative to other nations is of small concern to the majority. I have cousins who are citizens of a European nation with a much smaller GDP than ours, who, working or retired, are much better off than I am.

I suggest that it is the way the cake is divided, rather than its size, which defines the wellbeing of the population.

Mr Moore’s reference to the textile and other industries (which?) benefitting from being part of a vibrant UK economy must bring a wry smile to those of us who recall what happened when control of the same moved to English and foreign hands.

His glowing praise of the services rendered by “our unparalleled number of embassies” strikes a wrong note with me as I worked in several countries and, in general, found them about as much use as the proverbial chocolate fireguard.

With regard to the banking crisis, would it not have been better to have had a government with, firstly, the savvy to have realised what was going on, and secondly, the authority to have put a stop to it?

Finally, some of the cousins I referred to earlier, live in a city which borders not one but two countries which use a different currency, one of these also uses a different language. This benefits everyone and inconveniences no-one, the citizens exploiting differences in the employment and commercial markets, going to the Metro or the Lanes, I bet we find a way to manage.

By the way, I am still to be convinced of the other argument and remain for now firmly as a “don’t know”.

SCOTT BEATTIE