Not akin to fascists (Donald J MacLeod)

As a member of the SNP who lost 34 relations from the Isles of Lewis and Harris in the two world wars, fighting German aggression, I strongly object to abusive unionists like Graham Johnston (Readers’ views, 5th April) inferring that SNP supporters are akin to German fascists.

My relations made the supreme sacrifice as follows: 17 Royal Navy; six Merchant Navy: six Highland Infantry Regiments; one Royal Engineers; one Australian Infantry; one Canadian Infantry; one New Zealand Engineers and one Royal Air Force.

Fourteen of my relations were decorated for bravery in the world wars; six serving with the Royal Navy; two in the Merchant Navy; four in the army and two in the Royal Air Force. Two of these awards were posthumous decorations.

The breakdown of the votes in the referendum may be of interest to Mr Johnston and other correspondents: native-born Scots, 52.7 per cent yes, 47.3 per cent no; born in rest of UK, 29.9 per cent yes, 72.1 per cent no; born outside the UK, 42.9 per cent yes, 57.1 per cent no. The voters in Scotland voted no, but those of us born in Scotland voted yes.

Donald J MacLeod
49 Woodcroft Avenue,
Bridge of Don,


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