Richard Mowbray has penned many an epistle to The Herald espousing his hostility to the right of the Scottish people to determine their own future but his letter ("Referendum question and date are at discretion of Westminster", August 10) plumbs new depths of absurdity.
For him to refer to the Claim of Rights as a "farrago" and that those who signed it "represented no-one but themselves" tells us succinctly just how respectful of the wishes of the Scottish people the Tory party really is. The original 1989 Claim of Right was signed by 58 of Scotland's 72 Members of Parliament, seven of Scotland's eight MEPs, 59 out of 65 of the Scottish regional, district and island councils, churches, trade unions and other civic bodies. The notable exclusion from the list of signatories was of course any representative of the Tory party. The Claim was later ratified in 2011 by all the parties, with the exception of the Tories, in the Scottish Parliament. If that isn't representative I don't know what could be.
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