A transparent Google search benefits no one

From Dr Rick McGeer. Sir, I see that some officials of the German government wish to make Google’s search algorithm transparent, to encourage competition

Swedish election result points to government policy failures

From Mr Carl Tham. Sir, In your editorial about the Swedish election you suggested that the fall of the prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt had to do with voters getting tired of seeing the same old faces in power

Too early to call incoming government unstable

From Lord Peter Mandelson. Sir, The FT is premature to describe an incoming centre-left government as unstable before it has even been formed

Bond market a better barometer than stocks

From Mr Willem Thorbecke. Sir, Discussing investors’ faith in central banks, John Plender mentions financial markets’ insouciance towards higher oil prices arising from the October 1973 oil price shock

Juncker’s second-best team may be good enough

From Mr Ronald Blasko. Sir, The economists Richard Lipsey and Kelvin Lancaster pointed out in the 1950s that the first-best policies applied in a second-best world result in third-best outcomes

Monarchy is a pillar of stability for Thailand

From Mr Sek Wannamethee. Sir, We take strong objection to your article ‘Thai ultra-monarchism ripples across international borders’

Playing the long game of ludicrous forecasts

From Mr Bill Rylance. Sir, Lucy Kellaway rightly says that 50 years is a ludicrously long time to try to forecast but, without breaking stride, goes on to predict that ‘50 years hence, McKinsey won’t exist’

Model behaviour is the height of fashion

From Mr Larry Provost. Sir, Again I am bemused that all fashion models wear a frown in addition to strange clothes as shown on your fashion pages

Where exactly is the currency problem?

From Mr David Simpson. Sir, May I assure Martin Wolf that our desire for independence is not based on any repudiation of England, but rather on a wish to take responsibility for our own affairs

Real independence has to mean total independence

From Mr Mark Burges Watson. Sir, Martin Wolf is right to highlight the transmission mechanisms between fiscal and monetary policy

Will changes in Scotland significantly affect global economies?

From Mr Simon Potter. Sir, I was interested to read your article ‘Triple shock for world economies’ claiming that the OECD sees the potential secession of Scotland as one of the three major risks to the world economy

View from the top partially obscured

From Mr Edward Pearson. Sir, I am not sure that Sir Henry Keswick enjoys as clear a view as he thinks from the top floors of Jardine House, Hong Kong

Scots should heed the warnings of Slovenia

From Ms Lousewies van der Laan. Sir, Tony Barber correctly identifies the idea that corrupt elites are siphoning off prosperity, as one of the driving forces behind independence movements in Spain and the UK

Europe and UK are united in supreme irony

From Prof Hubert Zimmermann. Sir, On reading all the jittery comments in your paper on the issue of Scottish Independence these past few days, I cannot help but notice a supreme irony

Happiness is . . . a generous agreement

From Mr Walter Campbell. Sir, Martin Wolf writes that the Scots will be worse off if they vote to leave the union

A new design on flagging colonial ties

From Mr Nick Goulder. Sir, On a lighter note, there may be at least one positive side-effect of a Yes vote

Questions can be answered by a democratic process

From Mr Michael Elliott. Sir, Janan Ganesh is quite wrong to say that more devolution to Scotland would open ‘vast and nearly unanswerable questions’ about the governance of the UK

Scotland is not to blame for England’s shrill euroscepticism

From Ms Kirsty Hughes. Sir, Readers of your numerous columns and editorials on Scottish independence would be hard pushed to see even one positive reason for it

Scottish independence is doomed to failure

From Mr Anthony Lawrence. Sir, It is my opinion that Scottish independence is doomed to failure unless the proposed government takes control of its money supply and interest rates

The possibility of SNP losing is real

From Mr Peter Rutherford. Sir, An extraordinary fact about the Scottish referendum is that the Scottish National Party is assuring the electorate of all manner of things that will be achieved with a Yes decision


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