Yes, it’s nothing to do with SNP

William Loneskie’s intemperate hatred of the SNP – a party, according to him, whose jackboots are trampling the freedoms of Borderers – added nothing but heat to the independence debate (letters, July 24).

Angry men make stupid decisions – and Mr Loneskie sounds very angry indeed, so I expect he will vote No.

Cooler reflection might suggest that the SNP is entrenched as the party of government in Scotland because there is no effective opposition to it, since Labour and the Conservatives at Holyrood are no more than the impotent northern offshoots of two barely-distinguishable London-run parties answerable to the same vested interests.

Vote Yes, William, and you could encourage a proper Scottish Labour Party with progressive values and a proper Scottish Conservative Party that wants to take us back to the 1950s. In other words, a genuine choice between genuinely-accountable politicians just up the road in our own parliament with full legislative powers.

That’s what I want and that’s why I will be voting Yes. It’s nothing to do with the SNP and still less to do with Alex Salmond – it’s about the future of this country.

Paul Beck

Jedburgh