I completely agree with Carolyn Taylor (Letters, 25 April) that women will tend to come to their decision on how to vote in the independence referendum based on their hopes and aspirations for the long-term good of their families, friends and communities. That is why I and most of the women I know will be voting Yes come September.
However, although it is important not to over-generalise on these finer qualities in women and attempt to exclude all men from them, I did find myself in broad agreement of what Carolyn Taylor was saying.
Then, right at the end of her letter, she completely destroys the thrust of her argument with a sly dig at Alex Salmond, which she has just gone to great lengths to describe as being a more characteristic approach of men.
Carolyn Taylor refers to the BBC programme on “what women want” which raised, while not attempting to answer, a number of objections to a free Scotland.
One was the need to know what is going to happen in the future. When I was conceived in 1938 I am sure my parents did not know that my father was about to spend the next six years in the army, and return physically and mentally injured.
Another objection was that “we need more facts; we don’t know about economics, finance or politics”. If you or your country give all your money to another party, and accept their decision on what your share is, you do not need to be an expert to guess it will be less than you handed over, or indeed less than you deserve.
A third question was “Are we better off together?” without defining who the “we” is. Does “we” include the million innocent civilians that Trident is capable of annihilating?
By posing these unanswered questions through the mouths of the interviewees the BBC was being partial.
This sense of questions unanswered was added to the political cartoon in The Scotsman of the same date, which showed the female leaders of the opposition rejoicing in the delaying of the bill to remove corroboration, a bill which I thought was to aid in the conviction of abusers.
Iain WD Forde
Carolyn Taylor raises a number of valid poinds, but it’s rather strange to lump all women together in one homogenous group, as if we all think the same as each other. We comprise half the population and are therefore not a special interest group.
I have more in common with many men than with Margaret Thatcher, for example.