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I tire of the bleatings of professional unionists pouring scorn on attempts to promote further referenda on the national issue because they see a No vote as a “forever” decision. But it isn’t. While you wouldn’t want to have one every week, referenda and elections are merely iterations of the ­democratic process.

After all, if Scotland had voted for and obtained independence, it would have been perfectly reasonable for dissenters to call for and obtain further referenda in future years to ascertain whether or not the people of Scotland wanted to re-enter a Union with rUK (who would of course supposedly have us back in the blink of an eye).

Or should the result of the next Westminster or Holyrood election be considered as the “settled will of the people” and the result ossified in perpetuity?

John Hein

Montgomery Street

Edinburgh