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Why the repeated bandying of the word “uncertainty” in the context of the independence debate?

There is never “certainty” about the future. What will be the result of next year’s Westminster election: a Tory government, a Labour government, a Tory-Lib Dem coalition, a Labour-Lib Dem coalition, a Tory-UKIP coalition? (Or a Labour-UKIP coalition – stranger things have happened?)

What will be the prospects regarding welfare, pensions, immigration, economic growth and foreign policy in each of these possible cases?

Will there be a referendum on membership of the EU, and if so, what will be the outcome? What will Europe say if the UK decides to withdraw: what obstacles will it raise; what will be the state of the financial markets during the negotiations?

What will happen in Scotland if the referendum goes against independence: will the additional powers granted to the Scottish parliament be those proposed by the Tories, by Labour, by the Lib Dems – or will any of them deliver at all? (I for my part am absolutely certain of the answer to the last question.)

The only certainty is that in a fortnight’s time we will have the choice of sticking with the old dreary, discredited system of government by two indistinguishable morally and politically bankrupt parties, or of grasping the opportunity to rebuild a dynamic, forward-looking and socially responsible society in our own country. Surely we will know which choice to make.

Derrick McClure

Rosehill Terrace

Aberdeen