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Scottish Independence: Civilised debate shining example of democracy

AN important feature of the Scottish referendum is how relatively civilised debate has been.

Nearly all the struggles to change the integrity of a nation state throughout history and up to the present day have been horribly violent, marked by terrorism, and repression. Regardless of Yes versus No, I suggest nearly all involved can feel proud of the current debate.

Still, complacency would be unwise. Whatever happens on Thursday, difficult times are ahead.

It is to be hoped that people and institutions will refrain from panic or reprisals (economic, for example), for we know from world history that stress can easily lead to violence. The times require a spirit of co-operation.

ALAN COTTEY

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