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The problem with Stan Grodynski’s pronouncements on the morals of politics (Letters, 6 February) is that I just don’t recognise his description of the SNP position on the currency of an independent Scotland. My own recollection is the SNP’s dogged insistence that retaining the pound was “in the best interests of Scotland” with very little impression being given that this would be merely a stopgap. If Mr Grodynski is telling us what they actually meant was “it would be best for an independent Scotland to have its own currency” and that keeping the pound was only a temporary “transitional” measure, then this sounds to me more like an example of “unprincipled dishonesty” than “principled pragmatism”.

Mr Grodynski is on stronger ground in his criticism of the Labour Party’s conduct in relation to fracking. But again, the SNP have hardly covered themselves in glory. Their belated call for a moratorium was surely an attempt to steal the thunder of Scottish Labour, who seemed to be gaining some traction on the issue following the announcement of a similar, but more far-reaching, policy a couple of weeks earlier. Pragmatism no doubt – but scarcely “principled”.

Sadly, there seems frequently to be a tension between principles and pragmatism in politics. I sincerely hope Mr Grodynski is right that the Scottish electorate is more informed and will be capable of judging parties on their principles and policies.

Colin Hamilton

Braid Hills Avenue,

Edinburgh