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DAVID Cameron charms us by referring to the UK as a family. If he means it he must start treating us like one.

The members of a mature family are not given pocket money (no matter how generous), and restricted in how they spend it. No, the mature members of a responsible family each husband their income by their priorities and negotiate what should be contributed to shared resources such as heat and light.

If the UK is a family are we to be a modern family sharing responsibilities or a controlled and grim Victorian one where one member dictates to all the others?

Scotland has voted against further austerity. Compelling Scotland to accept a greater squeeze on our living standards is a recipe for disaster. A wise governor would give full fiscal autonomy to Scotland and offer the love and assistance which most families abound in.

Brian Rattray

Gylemuir Road

Corstorphine, Edinburgh