Letter to Nicola Sturgeon

Dear Nicola

You said on Question Time that “after Scottish independence Scotland and England would be the best of friends and the closest of allies”.

You’re wrong. You must know this.

It is of course possible for a relationship to end and the partners to be friends. Is that not most likely if the feeling on both sides is mutual and the process handled openly and fairly? Do you honestly feel that your approach is consensual and involving of your English partners?

How often do divorcees end up as “the best of friends and the closest of allies” when one party has forced the break up of the marriage.

In this case I strongly suspect that any Scotland-led divorce would be launched on a wave of nationalist fervour. Anti-English racism is bound up with that, particularly when the fight would be over the post-divorce financial settlements between these two new nations. Strong emotions beget intense reactions.

You and your party are being disingenuous and manipulative. Shame. And shame on you.