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While I personally have great admiration for what Alex Salmond has achieved, and remember that whatever your thoughts of the man, each person in the Scottish electorate was given the opportunity to express their opinion on independence largely through his sustained efforts over many years, he is not infallible and may at times have been “too smart for his own good”.

A case in point was the extent of the legal advice he had received regarding the status of Scotland’s EU membership in the event of independence when questioned by Andrew Neil.

Although it may have gone unnoticed by those intent on finding fault with Mr Salmond, not only did Sir David Bell clear him of any breach of the ministerial code, Andrew Neil himself as recently as last Thursday evening on the BBC’s This Week programme indicated that Mr Salmond had not lied (unlike Alistair Carmichael MP over his attempt to smear Scotland’s First Minister) although did suggest that he may have been “economical with the truth”.

Of course, those who long ago stopped listening to objective and rational arguments will regrettably remain consumed with their own fictitious thinking, including extreme comparisons that have no bases in fact, but welcome to the “frightening” world of Alexander McKay 
(Letters, 30 May).

Stan Grodynski

Longniddry