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Scottish yes vote should widen majority

Published:Tuesday | September 16, 2014 | 9:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir: Gwynne Dyer's article in The Gleaner ('Scottish referendum: is it worth it?', September 15, 2014) was a very good summary of the background to the impending ballot, but the very closeness of the voting intentions makes me wonder how the referendum came to be approved on such a basis that the fundamental proposal of independence could be won by a majority of 50 per cent plus one! It is potentially very divisive whichever way it goes.

This is not like a political election where decisions are made for five years and can easily be reversed or modified. No, this is a decision to change a 'constitutional' arrangement and way of life, which has been in place for more than 300 years.

Such an irreversible change should only be possible if it reflects a widespread desire for it, and the required majority must be greater than for maintaining the status quo. At least two-thirds should be the criterion or, at least, 50 per cent plus one of all those eligible to vote.

JOHN OTWAY

jotway3@hotmail.com

Kingston 6