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“YOU will no longer get governments you did not vote for” is indeed an absurd sentence: the electorate is not a homo­geneous “you”, and every democratic ­government has been voted for by some people and voted against by others.

Though this is a weak argument for constitutional change, Alexander McKay’s response is even weaker (Letters, 30 May).

Roughly 75 per cent of the electorate did not vote for the present SNP government; but those who voted for it were substantially more numerous than those who voted against it.

Those who did not vote at all – who had the opportunity to express support of one party or another but were too lazy or apathetic to bother taking it – neither can nor deserve to enter into the discussion.

Derrick McClure


I would suggest to Alexander McKay (Letters, 30 May) that the result of the Scottish Parliament elections two years ago, when former Labour strongholds collapsed throughout Scotland and produced a stunning victory for the SNP, was a far more democratic result, and produced the government voters actually voted for, than Scotland having only one Conservative MP but being governed by a Conservative-led government with its Tory Prime Minister at Westminster, which is apparently the option Mr McKay prefers.

Ruth Marr