Letters: Yes voters don’t hate English

Picture: 'Alastair Murray
Picture: 'Alastair Murray
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Over-usage of the term nationalists by the No campaign to conflate support of independence with extreme nationalism deliberately targets the less informed voter who may not know the difference between patriotism and fascism.

“No” stalwart Johann Lamont is even on record telling her Labour Party that nationalism is a “virus that must be defeated”.

The real test in our inter-dependent world is not to be a narrow nationalist, whether Scottish, British or whatever, but to be an internationalist. Accepting that “internationalism” means “between nations” then by definition, it is impossible to be an internationalist without first accepting that separate nations exist. Some of us simply see ourselves as Scottish, never British. Many No supporters need to accept this and move on.

Polarising debate even further, the No camp has taken to using its new buzz word “separatists” in a derogatory fashion to insult progressive Yes supporters. Ignoring the dialectic, No followers wrongly imply that “better together” is positive and separation is negative.

Yes supporters don’t want to separate from their English friends and relations, they want to dissolve a failing marriage with successive Westminster governments that have gone too far to the right.

Jack Fraser, Clayknowes Drive, Musselburgh

Time to recognise Kerr with knighthood

Sir Chris Hoy might be our recent flavour of the month, or indeed year, but he has only topped his sport for a mere few years.

Consider “Mr Judo” – our very own George Kerr, pictured, from Edinburgh – the holder of the extremely rare 10th Dan grade. He has been involved in his sport for over 50 years and, after training in Japan, became top in Britain, Europe, and the world for decades – before Hoy was even born!

And dare I say that cycling – a sitting down sport – doesn’t even compare with a full-body fighting sport like judo!

Time to give George proper recognition. Forget Sir Chris Hoy. Instead Sir George Kerr!

Alan Hunter, Morningside, Edinburgh

Find a minister of the people for St Giles’

The search for a minister for St Giles’ goes on, since the retirement of Gilleasbuig Macmillan who had the job for 30 years, but to date no success.

The falling membership can only be attributed to not being able to find a minister who can inspire a congregation. As someone who goes to St Giles’ twice a month, I feel what is needed is someone who can relate to ordinary people like myself, without referring to the Bible as a documentary evidence proving what happened 2000 years ago is happening all over again.

I would suggest 99 per cent of the congregation have not read the Bible, except for silly stories of water being made into wine and the Red Sea opening up on request.

I would also suggest that Hymns and Psalms that we know from our childhood would be better sung instead of tuneless ditties sung by the choir, who seem to be the only ones who knows how they go.

In other words, let’s get real St Giles.

James E Fraser, Cockburn Street

Ukip supporters aren’t all ‘admitted racists’

I wish to protest most strongly about Martin Hannan insinuating all people who voted Ukip are “admitted racists” (News, May 27).

I am a regular church attending Catholic who has played for a Jewish cricket team – Maccabi – for over 40 years and am match secretary for Scottish Widows Cricket Club whose team on Tuesday this week v Musselburgh consisted of four Scots, four English, two Indians and one Irish.

I voted Ukip having in the past three elections voted SNP, Conservative and Labour for a good local candidate. I voted Ukip to stop the SNP gaining the third seat, not as Martin Hannan assumes we all did to have a dig at David Cameron. Would he like it if all his beloved SNP followers were tagged as narrow-minded nationalists? No, I don’t think so.

Hardly the actions of a racist!

Scott Miller, Coillesdene Avenue, Joppa, Edinburgh

Win me round with truth not cash bribes

Just because Danny Alexander and The Dear Leader have lived and worked in a world where votes, questions in the house, and political favours can be bought for relatively small amounts of money, both seem to think that my vote can be bought for either a “saving” of £1400 a year, or a “bonus” of £1000 in 15 years’ time (if I’m still alive).

I have news for both of them: the residents of Scotland can’t be bought and sold like politicians. The only currency I’ll accept for my vote is truthfulness and candour – but there seems to be precious little of it about in the referendum campaigns.

David Fiddimore, Nether Craigwell, Calton Road, Edinburgh