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Karen Burchill (Letters, 4 
February) worries that Scotland will lose the respect of the world community if the result in 
the forthcoming independence referendum is “No”.

Ms Burchill says that she has just returned to Scotland after spells abroad, so is therefore possibly unaware of the reasons for the present situation in this country, where the support for independence is dropping by the day, and is currently, according to the latest poll, at only 32 per cent.

The Scottish National Party was swept into power with an overall majority at the last election simply because the Labour Party was unelectable, due to resentment of British involvement in the Afghanistan conflict and the incredible, but popular, notion that Messrs Brown and Darling were solely responsible for the world banking crisis 
and consequent financial 

Our First Minister has since had a free hand to display his blustering style of management, in which he and his team have ridden roughshod over parliamentary procedure, turning First Minister’s Questions into nothing more than an evasive speech-making exercise.

Basically, he has been showing his true colours.

The continued drop in support for the break-up of the UK shows that the Scottish people are coming to their senses.

If the world community can be bothered watching this drama unfold at all, especially in the USA, where the slogan, “Would you buy a used car 
from this man?”, still survives from the Kennedy/Nixon era, the answer would surely also be a resounding: “No”.

Walter J Allan

Colinton Mains Drive


Karen Burchill’s letter is unusually interesting because it is very much what might be expected from somebody who has been recently out of the country.

In the past ten days or so the focus on the government has changed from a variety of very cogent specifics to a general need to know what its vision of an independent Scotland 
actually is, and in detail.

The SNP should explain how Scotland would differ from the status quo and exactly why it would be 

Doing this would go a long way to restoring confidence in an electorate perhaps more puzzled than anxious, and give the government a firmer and more convincing platform from which to answer its critics.

Peter Laidlaw

Bramdean Rise