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May I thank Douglas Turner (Letters, 3 June) for kindly making evident to all my earlier point about the personal abuse I have suffered over the years.

It is not pleasant being labelled a “paranoid delusional”, even if the source of the abuse is to say the least questionable. And it is mild compared with what I have suffered from other sources. If this abuse is the price for holding views opposed to those of Mr Turner, it is a price worth paying.

I think his letters reveal glimpses of the dark underbelly of Nationalism.

He claims in his letter that some of his Nationalist colleagues answered my points regarding voting. As a daily buyer of The Scotsman, I must have missed those answers.

My point was that it was hypocritical of a party in power, for which 75 per cent of the electorate did not vote, to claim that separating Scotland would no longer mean the people having “governments they did not vote for”. I am still waiting for an explanation of how that is not downright hypocritical.

Finally, the largest poll yet taken revealing figures indicating that “80 per cent of young Scots snub independence” (your reports, 3 May), speaks more loudly than any letter of mine.

It is abundantly clear that dismissive as Mr Turner may be, the people of this country, young and old, are set to reject his 
essentially negative message.

It would appear 2014 may see a rejection of separation of such magnitude that the question will never be raised again in the lifetime of anyone alive today.

Alexander McKay

New Cut Rigg


The poll on which you report showing a majority of young people opposed to independence comes at virtually the same time as the SNP introduced fiercely secularising legislation into the Scottish Parliament.

Psalm 127 sprang into my 
albeit ageing mind: “Except the Lord build the house they 
labour in vain who build it.”

Alan Clayton

Letters Way

Strachur, Argyll