Sen­si­ble caveat lets po­lit­i­cal heads cool

Financial Times Middle East - - Letters -

Sir, De­bate re­gard­ing the tim­ing of the next Scot­tish ref­er­en­dum may be in­formed by the Good Fri­day Agree­ment, a doc­u­ment that seeks through­out to rec­on­cile the de­mands of Union­ists and Na­tion­al­ists. This agree­ment per­mits the sec­re­tary of state to call a ref­er­en­dum on suc­ces­sion, sub­ject to the caveat that such plebiscites should not oc­cur more than once ev­ery seven years. This per­mits suf­fi­cient time for the cool­ing of po­lit­i­cal heads in be­tween elec­tions, and pro­vides the elec­torate with much­needed peace from the squab­bles of ado­les­cent politi­cians. Dr Os­car McCarthy Am­s­ter­dam, The Nether­lands

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