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Many who voted No in the Scottish referendum do not yet seem to have grasped that there has been a fundamental change in Scottish politics.

In spite of a lot of apparent confusion around many of the issues, much of it deliberately created by less scrupulous politicians and their devious spin-doctors, the Scottish electorate has become significantly more informed and blind loyalty to the established UK political parties is thankfully becoming a trait of the past.

With this added knowledge those who previously would not have questioned most of what was reported in the mainstream media are now undertaking their own analyses, often aided by the vast amount of information that is now readily accessible via the internet.

While Colin Hamilton (Letters, 5 February) still seems not to 
appreciate the difference between unprincipled dishonesty and principled pragmatism, most voters seem to understand there is a difference between calling for a moratorium on fracking one week then not turning up the next week for a vote to implement such a moratorium as opposed to believing that it would be best for an independent Scotland to have its own currency but honestly, logically and reasonably wishing to transition this considerable process over a number of years rather than months.

What many of the electorate have also already worked out is that the SNP’s current policies are not necessarily relevant to a future independent Scotland because it will be the choice of the Scottish people to decide at the ensuing election which party governs them based on the policies proposed at the time by the different political parties, possibly including a genuinely constituted independent Scottish Labour Party.

Stan Grodynski

Longniddry

East Lothian

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