Latest Herald letter (Beat the paywall)

Sir,

DAVID Mowat (Letters, May 1) declares that the 40% rule in the 1979 referendum “[helped] to ensure independence was lost despite a majority voting for it”.

This myth cannot be allowed to stand unchallenged. The 1979 referendum was not about independence: it was for and against a measure of devolution. (A measure, incidentally, rather smaller than that delivered by the Blair Government in 1999.) And it fell because too few people voted for it.

Peter A Russell

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