Reckless risk?

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David Cameron says he “would have been heartbroken, winded and wounded” by the break-up of the UK and would have “contemplated resigning” (your report, 29 September).

Why then did he risk the Union by caving in on the referendum’s leading question, its date, its 50 per cent-plus one majority of voters, and its franchise including both children (setting a regrettable precedent) and non-Britons possibly with no allegiance to Scotland or the UK, all on the basis of the SNP’s election with 45 per cent of the vote on a 50 per cent turnout?

Was this merely naive – or in the current buzz-word Reckless with a capital R?

John Birkett

Horseleys Park

St Andrews