Two open letters about Scotland’s independence referendum

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Dear Better Together,

If we get a Yes vote we will not all fall into a deep economic precipice. Businesses will find it far too expensive to relocate all of their Scottish offices and fork out millions in redundancy pay. Alex Salmond will not necessarily rule for eternity. People’s pensions will still exist. We will have a currency – even if it’s not the Pound. A lot of Scots actually want to leave the EU. If people disagree with you, stop attacking them as liars. We are fed up of the negative campaigning by so many of your online folk (although most of the normal activists are fine and rational in the way they campaign).

We need you to do better.

Thanks.

Dear Yes campaign

If we get a Yes vote foodbanks will not suddenly disappear overnight. We will still have a degree of austerity. People voting No are not traitors.  We will still be ruled by politicians who are more interested in themselves than the people who vote for them. We probably won’t get to keep the Pound, be honest. A “No” campaign will, naturally, have at least a little negativity, live with it. If people disagree with you, stop attacking them as liars. We cannot guarantee never having a Tory government in Scotland, things change. Westminster are not “stealing” the oil, its the UK’s oil, that’s how things work. Please stop the negative, personal attacks by many of your online activists (although most of the normal activists are fine and rational in the way they campaign).

We need you to do better.

Thanks.

I have many friends and family who campaign for both sides and I respect them all and the way they have handled themselves. The above is not aimed at them. It’s aimed at politicians and cyber activists who do Scotland a disservice with their conduct and are causing so much division and polarisation that I genuinely fear for the country regardless of the result of the referendum. I fear that some divisions may never be healed unless we do something about it now.

If we don’t then the result will be that the worst fears of the losing side may well be realised as the people of Scotland fail to work together, but keep fighting among themselves about the result after the event.

We need to ensure that, whatever happens next month, we move forward together and make the best of our future. For Scotland’s sake.

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