Letter in Herald today (7th May) – quotes Uncle Bert

Uncle Bert

SOME time ago I wrote to these pages to point out the fatal flaw in the way in which the case for independence is being argued – that is, that those doing so are offering a prospectus with no downside: a sure and safe bet such as the world has never seen before. This point has now been put much better by David Torrance .

In contrast, the No campaign is deliberately putting its cards on the table, not denying that Scotland could be an independent country, but pointing out how we are much better together as part of the UK. The contrast in intellectual honesty is striking.

As Bertrand Russell (no relation: his lot were from Bedford, mine from Brentford) said: “The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.”

Herald readers will be able to work out which is which, just as Scots are too canny to be taken in by anyone offering a one-way bet.

Peter A Russell,

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