Canny Borderers

It was remarkable that in his long letter published last week, Eric Falconer did not advance a single positive reason for voting for the SNP candidate in the Borders at the forthcoming general election.

It was remarkable that in his long letter published last week, Eric Falconer did not advance a single positive reason for voting for the SNP candidate in the Borders at the forthcoming general election.

Instead he contents himself with a series of tired and partisan attacks on Michael Moore for betraying his principles.

Borderers are canny enough to decide for themselves whether a record which includes lowering taxes for low-paid workers, substantially increasing pensions, extending devolution, advancing the cause of international development, preventing the snoopers’ charter and ending child detention in immigration centres amounts to a betrayal of liberal principles.

In the meantime it would be good to think that Mr Moore – who has an excellent record as a constituency MP, who served with distinction as Secretary of State for Scotland at a very turbulent time in Scottish politics and who has enhanced the reputation of the Westminster parliament through the successful passage of his Private Members’ Bill – will be returned to parliament for a further term.

David Barrie

Riverside Drive

Kelso