Time for a more adult discussion

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YOUR cover story (6 April) brought the welcome news that thought is being given to healing divisions caused by the “increasingly bitter” independence debate.

In the same edition, Andrew Wilson reflected on Margo MacDonald’s life and her ability to be both radical and unifying, teaching that progress only happens when you respect opponents and bring them with you.

Four weeks ago this news-paper published a full-page Commitment to Respectful Dialogue, signed by 100 Scots. That number, though small, increases every day on the website www.collaborative-scotland.org. The response from ordinary folk is telling. They want a more mature, less antagonistic debate. They are weary of “ugly spats” and bitterness.

With five months to go, the time has surely come to make the full transition from a child-like approach to a more adult discussion. Personal attacks, inflammatory language and failure to deal substantively with key issues are characteristic of immature debate but are not befitting a proud people with a history of enlightened thought and constructive contributions to intellectual progress.

John Sturrock - Collaborative Scotland