Darling benefits from ceasefire

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SOME have seized on the supposed embarrassment suffered by Alistair Darling after being cheered for his speech at the recent Scottish Tory Party Conference (News, 9 June). Mr Darling need not worry. There is a precedent – during the Second World War all petty political differences were set aside as a far greater and common menace had to be faced and overcome.

Unity was essential. Across the political spectrum this was accepted: Tories, Labour, Liberal and even Communists worked together to overcome what was seen as a danger that transcended normal bickering over economic and other ­matters. When what the non-Nationalist parties consider the latest common threat to our country has been overcome next year, normal hostilities will no doubt be resumed.

Alexander McKay, Edinburgh