JOHN Milne (Letters, October 8) suggests a pact between Labour and the SNP. This would face two enormous hurdles.
The first would be that the SNP would need to suspend the clause in its constitution which sets out its aim of achieving independence from the UK. Labour could not support that aim: it would be a betrayal of everything we stand for as set out in our own constitution: “By the strength of our common endeavour we achieve more than we achieve alone.”
The second hurdle was best described by Harold Wilson, when he was asked about coalition with his opponents: “Only when they stop telling lies about us and we stop telling the truth about them.”
Peter A Russell