Start-up costs

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Tom Peterkin reports (“Unionist parties challenge Salmond on set-up costs”, 6 June) that the three unionist party leaders have written a joint letter to the First Minister demanding that in the light of the UK Treasury’s £1.5 billion estimate he put a price tag on the start-up costs of an independent Scotland.

Assuming that the UK Treasury’s estimate is not far off the eventual figure, this works out at roughly £300 for every man, woman and child living here.

I cannot help hazarding a guess, therefore, that if ­instead of deciding to preach the ­advantages (sic) of continued governance from Westminster, Better ­Together’s triple unionist alliance had chosen to campaign for Scotland to be given complete freedom to run its own ­affairs, they would regard £1.5bn as a bargain.

Korstiaan Allan