Lessons from Mandela’s life

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Many acres of newsprint have quite rightly been devoted to the life of Nelson Mandela.

And as we look to next year’s Scottish independence referendum, we should take some lessons from that great life. Here was a man noted for his dignity in adversity and who demonstrated a massive capacity for forgiveness for those who had imprisoned him for almost three decades, all in order to create a united nation.

Next year’s referendum campaign is set to be a bitter affair, but what we must not lose sight of is that in the aftermath, whatever the result, those of both sides still need to live, work and get on together. Grace in victory and grace in defeat will be paramount and the hope must be that we can move onwards as one nation, not as a deeply-divided country comprising two tribes in continued conflict.

Alex Orr

Leamington Terrace

Edinburgh