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Nationalism of SNP reflects a worrying trend

I AM increasingly perplexed by the apparent absence of serious and regular debate on the forthcoming referendum on Scottish independence. The SNP reflects the threat by petty nationalism both in Europe and elsewhere.

Why the somnolent, almost fearful, response of the Government to the opportunistic vagaries of Alex Salmond and the SNP? It is nonsense to say this is a matter solely for the Scots. It is about Great Britain as a whole.

Our nation is a messy, incoherent but always wonderful confusion of race, religion and history, but is also robust, argumentative and self-critical.

The narrow parameters of the referendum, the gerrymandering of the voting age to 16, and the economic illiteracy and Hollywood historicism of the SNP need to be countered at a far more informative and effective level.

CHRISTOPHER DAWES

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