Letter: Scottish coalition

Evidently, some in the SNP appear to think that if Alex Salmond is removed next year, after their almost certain disaster at the polls, then, all of a sudden, all differences with Labour can be resolved and a Holyrood coalition reached (your reports, 23 August).

The similarity to those in Labour trying to hold on to power by offering Gordon Brown's head after the last general election is palpable. It is, in truth, pathetic.

The trouble for the nationalists is that is immaterial who leads the SNP and ditching an egomaniacal leader will change nothing. It is their raison d'tre that is the problem.

The other major parties are more than aware of the electoral fall out and rupture of core votes if they were ever tempted into any kind of deal with the SNP.

Alexander McKay

New Cut Rigg