I AM not a member of the SNP (nor any other party for that matter) but can I just say to the leadership candidates, the two tiresome backbench super-egos and the MPS and MPs from all the pro-independence parties; you were not elected for your wit, charm or good looks. You were elected by people who aspire to independence. You were elected on the backs of everyday heroes who tramped miles, knocked on doors and delivered leaflets.

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So can you just wind your necks in, take a good look at yersel, stop kicking lumps out of each other and get on with the only reason you have these plum jobs – independence!

Ian Richmond