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Some reaction to the debate between Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Scottish Labour leader Johan Lamont (Letters, 27 February) reeks of squeamish self-righteousness.

It is as though political debate should comprise smiley-smiley shallow compliments and a suite of new euphemisms for effectively telling your adversary to stuff it.

Aren’t hustings renowned for fiery oratory? Weren’t town hall election debates renowned and enjoyed for their partisan exchanges?

If differences in politics mean anything and aren’t merely an anodyne means for so-called public representatives to earn a much better than average income for playing verbal ping-pong, then such debates between adversaries should be expected to be what Ms Sturgeon and Ms Lamont demonstrated.

More of the same, says me.

Ian Johnstone