Union is not a happy family

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MUCH ill-will has been evident in the reaction to the independence referendum. So much in fact that it is clear that the “togetherness” of the Union is not the happy family around the fireside as often portrayed but more a huddle of discordant relationships. Otherwise, how could it be that when one member proposes to leave, the other members threaten all manner of retribution? Such is hardly the reaction of any caring ­relationship.

This suggests that the Union is more a dysfunctional unit than a precious one and that next year’s referendum is the equivalent of a timely social work intervention. A chance to “put the house in order” and establish relationships that are genuine rather than opportunistic. Who wouldn’t say Yes to that?

Ian Johnstone, Peterhead

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