Sir. The notion that the British left is in any way “progressive” needs to be challenged. They have highjacked the word for too long. Nicola Sturgeon and others are a little like Canut trying to hold back the tide of actual progressive change by defining progress as a retrenchment of costly state and municipal interference in ordinary people’s lives. A culture of dependency on state largess funded by taxpayers and government debt is what is really meant by Sturgeon, Labour the Lib Dems and the Greens as “progressive”. In a world where people increasingly demand freedom and democracy backed by a safe, efficient, cooperative and importantly affordable state, the left is like the bloated capitalists of yesteryear.