Arthur Barlow (Letters, 5 September) asks ‘Why are we being asked to sign away our future without concrete facts?’ Your letter is a little late.
You should have asked that question in 1707 before it happened via the Treaty of Union, that being signed by a few dozen people, without consulting the people of Scotland – and before they shared out the contents of a chest full of gold that was sent up from England.
As a result of that betrayal we have had a stunted population growth, mass immigration, loss of life in wars running into the hundreds of thousands and a profile in the modern world lower than Big Ben.
We have food banks, housing shortages, just about the lowest old age pension in Europe and working people barely surviving on a pathetic wage while a pampered section of society are overflowing with wealth.
Now we are having a vote where the nation can have a say in its own future for the first time in three centuries and we can start reversing the damage.
Thomas R Burgess
St. Catherine’s Square