Ken Ferguson's letter (M Star February 13) slips into the very fantasy, mixed with an unhealthy dose of fatalism, that he accuses others of.
Is he really saying that the labour and trade union movement is done for and that the SSP, with one elected representative across the whole of Scotland, is the more viable option?
Where is the basis in reality that this apparent assertion is predicated on?
Regarding the Red Paper Collective, this group has posed legitimate questions asking what the consequences of independence will be for working people.
They have taken a class, not national, perspective based on the fact that it's class, not national, forces that are best placed to challenge the power of capitalism, which resides in the City of London and not Edinburgh.
As a result the Red Paper Collective is clear. Socialist nirvana will not occur post-independence.
Likewise, it's also apparent that neither will it happen if it's a No vote. Quite the reverse, neoliberalism as practiced in Britain or Scotland will still need to be challenged whatever the result of the 2014 referendum.
As part of its work the Red Paper is critiquing neoliberal penetration in Scotland and trying to develop ideas and strategies for pushing for public ownership.
I would have thought that voices on the left such as Mr Ferguson would have supported this work which is seeing socialists, from different hues and not just one party, organising and agitating for the type of Scotland we would all like to see and how we get there.