Stick to demo­cratic out­come of bal­lots

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Sir – I did try to read the sub­stance of the Stephen Nor­ris let­ter (Au­gust 18) but got rather lost in the ifs, buts and maybes.

I have no idea whom Jeremy Wright is or have I any in­ter­est in the Tory party and his com­ment regarding my sup­posed sim­i­lar­ity and hearty sup­port was just a cheap po­lit­i­cal jibe.

My first let­ter was es­sen­tially apo­lit­i­cal and my main con­cern was his con­cept of democ­racy. He is now de­valu­ing even this with spu­ri­ous ar­gu­ments regarding sovereign­ties.

To my mind, and seem­ingly many oth­ers who have com­mented to me, the po­si­tion as it stands is very straight for­ward.

The in­de­pen­dence vote was a sim­ple demo­cratic yes/no, much against the wishes of the SNP who were de­vis­ing as com­pli­cated a set of ques­tions as pos­si­ble in or­der to en­sure a vic­tory of sorts no mat­ter which way we voted. Any­thing to con­fuse the voter!

The ques­tion was; (1) Do we wish in­de­pen­dence and sub­se­quent full ju­ris­dic­tion of our Scot­tish sovereignt­y?

Or (2) Do we wish to re­main part of the wider UK and ac­cept the sovereignt­y of the larger body?

The peo­ple of Scot­land opted for (2), with­out any at­tached con­di­tions and all this EU non­sense was never given the promi­nence or im­por­tance that is now claimed.

The Brexit vote was within the UK frame­work where again the demo­cratic ma­jor­ity de­ci­sion was the re­sult. And de­spite the prompt­ing of all the main po­lit­i­cal par­ties to “re­main” the peo­ple of the UK voted to leave the EU.

The SNP hav­ing lost the indy vote sensed an­other chan­nel to fuel dis­con­tent by claim­ing that the re­gional vote was more im­por­tant than the na­tional one. A com­plaint not voiced af­ter the last Gen­eral Elec­tion, and many be­fore, where a Tory govern­ment was re­turned much against the over­whelm­ing vote of the Scot­tish elec­torate. But of course last time it also in­creased the power of the SNP who as­sumed that the next step was surely in­de­pen­dence.

Democ­racy de­pends on every­one abid­ing by the rules, a vote yes/no means just that and it is the cor­rup­tion of this ele­men­tary tenet by Stephen Nor­ris and the SNP, purely for po­lit­i­cal ide­al­ism, that con­cerns me.

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