So-called “patriots” growl that anyone disagreeing with them on the constitutional question is“doing Scotland down .” What worse way of doing it down than demanding another gamble on its people’s job security, public services and pensions, risking a dramatic drop in living standards in the name of a creed built on panCelticism, Green ideology and the discredited economic theories of 1970s Labour?
Michael Upton’s argument (Letters ,4 September) for allowing Scottish regions to exercise a democratic right to opt out of Project Indy is a valid one. In this way, unionist regions could be shielded from any post-separation financial chaos in the neighbouring Republic of Scotland, and our children would be spared indoctrination with the nationalists’ idea of “Scottishness”.
Refugees escaping this impoverished new state (with its policies limiting freedom of expression) would no doubt be warmly welcomed in Scotland UK.
MARTIN O’GORMAN Littlejohn Road, Edinburgh