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I wonder if Brian Hunter (Letters, 22 November) could quote any reliable source on which he bases his pronouncement: “The ‘vow’ offered in the last few days before the poll persuaded thousands to vote No.” Really?

I believe that those who voted No did so, not because of expectations of largesse from Westminster, but because they wished to remain British, coupled with forebodings over the possibility of being governed entirely by MSPs at Holyrood.

Nevertheless, I could be persuaded otherwise if this letter provokes a flood of letters from disillusioned No voters.

David Hollingdale

Easter Park Drive

Edinburgh

The independence debate continues to rumble on. I, and many others, voted No in September as we did not believe that the economics of an independent Scotland added up satisfactorily, meaning an independent Scotland would have to make cuts in public services and/or increase taxes.

A big increase in membership of the SNP, more votes for the SNP and even a gender-balanced Scottish Government Cabinet will not alter the economic realities one iota.

Many supporters of independence, I imagine, do not necessarily care about the economics anyway and want independence for reasons of identity, culture and autonomy; they are entitled to have that wish.

As neither a nationalist nor a unionist, I do not feel strongly about whether Scotland should be independent or not.

I do feel strongly that the people of Scotland should have access to good health care, good education, other essential public services and jobs which can support them and their families.

Henry Kinloch

Campbell Park Crescent

Edinburgh