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Sir, I spent 34 years living and working in Scotland, and well recognise the plight of the No voters identified by John McDermott (“An optimist argues for a No vote”, September 9.

As a student of nationalism in general and the SNP in particular, it is no surprise to me that the blood and soil basis of such movements is intoxicating to some while it frightens and intimidates others. We should have enough historical evidence by now to know which way to call this vote: No thanks.

Prof Roger Levy London School of Economics, UK

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