the Nationalists are clearly running out of arguments of any kind, since every piece of wishful thinking they come up with as party policy is shot down in flames. SNP MP Angus Robertson illustrates this with his rather ill-advised comments (your report, 27 April) that the Better Together campaign is “trying to scare people into voting No”.
The boot is very much on the other foot as attempts by the anti-Union campaign to show how easy the process of breaking up the UK would be fall apart as soon as they are given even cursory scrutiny. The curious approach adopted by Mr Robertson and Alex Salmond to show that tearing up the Union is really no big deal insults the intelligence of Scottish voters, especially women, it seems.
The more the Nationalist camp attempts to portray independence as merely a change of name and that almost everything will remain unchanged, from the monarchy to EastEnders being available to Scottish viewers, begs the question: if it is not much of a change, why should we bother in the first place?
In truth, what the Nationalists want would be a seismic shock to everything we know and value. It would be a national divorce. Divorce inevitably leads to tears and recrimination. Despite the evidence which is an all too common aspect of present-day society, those who advocate national divorce are trying to call it by any other name.
The SNP dislikes the word “separation”. However, separation is probably a considerable understatement. Let Messrs Robertson and Salmond come clean and admit that they want a divorce, then the debate can be conducted with a degree more honesty than the SNP has displayed so far.
Andrew HN Gray
According to Angus Robertson, “unionists see Scots as uniquely poor, stupid and incapable of governing themselves”. I have been debating with Nationalists all my adult life, in the pub and the debating chamber and for the past 25 years through letters pages, by e-mail, blogs and Twitter. I have heard this argument used numerous times and on every occasion it has been raised, not by the unionist side, but by the Nationalists themselves.
A Freudian psychiatrist would have a field day analysing why our Nationalist brethren are so keen to bring up this idea. In my opinion, it has nothing to do with the reality of the place of Scotland within the UK. Instead, it points to the Nationalists inherent feeling of inferiority which, in turn, goes a long way to explaining why they are Nationalists in the first place.