I DON’T think there is much doubt that society has become angrier in recent years.

We are all quick to express our own views and to avoid listening to different opinions.

Many blame social media and I certainly believe that online anonymity has encouraged folk to voice strong views and to criticise others very readily.

It’s the time of year to think about resolutions. I am a firm believer that Scotland would be a much better place if we return to being an independent country.

However, in 2022, I shall try hard to be receptive to understanding why other Scots firmly believe that we should remain part of the United Kingdom.

I have heard a lot of general phrases like ‘the broad shoulders of the Union’ and so on. To date, I have heard very little evidence of what the Union offers that we could not achieve better ourselves with independence, when we would have full powers to manage our economy in our interest.

My resolution for 2022 is to be open to opposing views on independence and to look harder for detailed evidence of the benefits of the Union.

Ian Munro,
Christie Street,