Subsidising the wealthy

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I have no doubt that Colin Strang Steel (Southern, August 14)comes from a line of wealthy Scottish landowners, as do the Scotts of Buccleuch, Kers of Floors, Maxwells of Traquair and many of that ilk.

With a little checking, one soon finds out whose ancestors sold our country for English gold.

He is worried that, in the event of Scottish independence, farm subsidies may be affected – money that is taken from people to subsidise the wealthier. Why can I not buy Scottish lamb as cheap as New Zealand lamb, considering I have already paid some of the costs? I would also ask how much of people’s money a farmer receives for a ton of potatoes.

Mr Strang Steel farms at Threepwood and his lands will be given to his sons and their sons after.

For the rest of us, technology causes industry to wax and wane, but in the Borders our industries mostly wane with a little help – sometimes – from the government (Viasystems).

Also, I cannot understand why the Scottish people are not incensed by the House of Lords. Lord Purvis of Tweed, a failed Liberal Democrat contestant now in the job club, is entitled to 1.5k plus expenses. Not bad work if you can get it.

I believe we should “Hot Trod” after these politicians and take back what is rightfully ours.

R. L. Simpson

Halliburton Place