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From Mr Edward Pearson, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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Sir, I am not sure that Sir Henry Keswick (Letters, September 17) enjoys as clear a view as he thinks from the top floors of Jardine House, Hong Kong. It is an architectural wonder without doubt, but the limited view from its many portholes hardly allows for the perspective and guidance many in Scotland now crave from outside commentators as they vote. In fact, Sir Henry neatly summed up what the business community from which he and his family of “humble merchants” hail has been warning of these past weeks: we are doing just fine, there is no need to rock the boat, we’re too busy enriching ourselves.

Perhaps Abraham Lincoln’s words at Gettysburg have lost their resonance to many in business, so it helps to hear them again: “This nation . . . shall have a new birth of freedom – and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

If those Scots actually in Scotland today remember those words ahead of all considerations occupying the minds of naysayers and scaremongers, the result expected on Friday will be the right one for the Scottish, whatever they decide. And if Sir Henry is right, the Scottish reputation for good sense (with all its spirit and energy) will see them through what lies ahead.

Mr Edward Pearson, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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