Less people and more wellbeing

Over a month ago I snail-mailed Fiona Hyslop, MSP. I had to question the Scottish Government's assertion that more people equals greater prosperity for all. I have now received a response, not from the Minister to whom I wrote but from one Kim Smith, 'Migration and Citizenship, External Affairs Directorate, International Division, The Scottish Govrnment'. This is an expanded version of my e-mail in reply today ...

Thank you, Kim, for your letter dated 24th September; a response to my letter to  of 12th August.
Whilst I am a supporter of the move towards Scotland's independence I cannot think that the intention to match European population growth objectives via Scotland's 'Population Growth Purpose Target' makes any sense. The future Scotland would do well to make up its own mind on the serious issues of the day, basing its decisions on hard logic, thus demonstrating a truly national and international independence of thought and action.  

By the way I am also a confirmed 'European', although one who believes that an independent Scotland has quite enough inbuilt intelligence / inventiveness, and sufficient strength of character not to need so slavishly to follow Europe or any other bloc. Perhaps the other way around should be our ambition? But if we really want an example to follow on population matters, have a look to our second nearest neighbour, Norway. There we see population decline but individual wellbeing both economic and moral on an incline. On the other hand If we need to see the miserable effects of escalating overpopulation we need look no further than many African and Asian countries.
Secondly, Kim, in all logic there can be no such a phenomenon as 'sustainable growth' - an oxymoron if ever there was one! Nothing in this world grows sustainably. On the contrary, according to science all life forms grow until they are unsustainable and then they reduce and/or die. 'Population growth equals wellbeing' is a myth spread for intensely selfish reasons by the West's recent financial mis-managers in concert with mass consumer goods industries. 

Surely stability, together with intelligent high tech industrial development, all balanced with the interests of the environment, is the most natural way forward for Scotland? Not simply the quick-fix importation of more people to share in the nation's uncertain economic cake. And that applies world-wide as well as to Scotland.
With kind regards also to Ms Hyslop, please.
Bryan Islip

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