It is clear that the SNP is afraid of the ex-pat vote although they are wrong to be so; the ex-pats I know are far more likely to vote emotionally, and in favour of independence.
As a Yorkshireman who has lived in Scotland for 35 years, I still believe Mr McKirdy has more at stake than I, and consequently the greater right to a referendum vote.
Sometimes it is necessary to defy government to make it see sense, and for that reason, if Mr McKirdy would care to contact me I will give him my vote – cast it as he directs. If even half the English entitled to vote next year gave their vote to a native Scot ex-pat, the pollsters would throw their calculators across the room.
David Fiddimore, Edinburgh