Not in it together (Donald J. MacLeod)
Having lost 34 relations in the two world wars I am thoroughly nauseated by Unionist politicians like David Cameron smearing the sacrifice made by my kith and kin, and those from other families who died defending democracy.
It is contemptuous that some of the most vociferous anti-independence mouthpieces come from families who never fired a bullet in defence of this country.
One of my relations gave up his studies at Edinburgh University to join the RAF. As a Pathfinder Squadron pilot he was killed, aged 22, attacking German V-weapon sites in France. If these sites had not been taken out Britain would have lost the war.
He was awarded the DFC (posthumously) and his war service is commemorated by his name in barely legible perishing letters on a war memorial on the Isle of Lewis. He was not married and left no children behind.
At 18, her age for conscription, in 1943 Margaret Thatcher opted to study at Oxford University rather than volunteer for the services when her country needed her the most at our darkest hour.
However, unlike my relation Mrs Thatcher became Prime Minister, left children behind, and was venerated by being honoured with a military funeral with bugles sounding, bands playing, generals saluting and the Queen paying her respects.
Despite the war history distortions for sleazy dishonourable political advantage by the Better Together campaign we were not in the war together, as Thatcher’s non-war effort proves.
Donald J. MacLeod
49 Woodcroft Avenue,
Bridge of Don,