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Ruptured identity

It is a common complaint by some like Mr Robertson (Letters, July 3) that we get governments we didn’t vote for and therefore should vote yes to avoid them in the future. But for long periods of time we have had governments that most Scots did vote for and we have had numerous Scots Prime Ministers too. In the 50s probably the majority of Scots were Tories and the SNP itself in the 80s had long arguments about whether they would adopt Conservative or Labour policies in order to further their single policy aim. Salmond served a year outwith the SNP because initially he backed the ‘wrong’ side. UK governments I assume Mr Robertson might have voted for, introduced the minimum wage, founded and expanded the NHS, devolution and a Scottish Parliament, provided for pensions that rise with inflation and a host of other desirable social policies. Yes, lots of things could disappear under future UK governments but so they could equally under a Scottish one.

Mr Robertson’s argument comes down to a simple double standard, vote yes because you don’t like Cameron but vote yes even if you equally dislike Salmond. But governments come and go and that is no justification for making a completely irreversible decision because you don’t like the present one. The identity of most readers like mine is half British and half Scots, by family connection, and shared belief, history, culture, loyalty, education, experience and friendship. I have no desire to see half of my identity ruptured and torn apart by such flimsy arguments because a minority, for often obscure and faulty reasons but usually power and influence, want to turn Scotland into a foreign country.

Professor Tony Trewavas

Croft Street, Penicuik

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