Democracy must work, and be seen to work, come Thursday’s election

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INDY2, the blob of tartan chewing gum sicking to Scotland’s shoe, and Brexit, the one possible “material change in circumstances” left after the Vow was delivered in full, will be on the SNP’s agenda for another week as they try to stop voters peeling off to parties pushing for a quick referendum.

Some people are really gullible. The last thing Nicola Sturgeon wants is a Brexit.

The reality is that Scots may be reluctant to leave the UK when the issues of currency, borders, the end of open trade and people movement within the UK, £15 billion deficit, and a queue to join the EU kick in.

And anyway, the 60 per cent poll ratings she requires to call a referendum are unlikely, especially with all the cuts and broken promises such as fracking, that will happen after 5 May.

She would win a lot more votes if she said independence was off the agenda until the SNP had proved they can reverse the nine years of non-achievent and run the country properly.

Allan Sutherland

Willow Row, Stonehaven

We have two votes, and history should have taught us that Nationalism and a one-party state can be a dangerous cocktail.

Good democratic government needs a strong opposition.

John Trotter

Mordington, Berwickshire

Nicola Sturgeon in a TV interview redefines “the democratic will of the people” re another UK break-up referendum. Apparently our democratic will wasn’t the outcome of the September 2014 referendum. It will be the result of a handful of opinion polls that happen to suit her divisive, separatist dogma.

And do some No voters really still intend to vote SNP on Thursday?

Martin Redfern

Royal Circus, Edinburgh