William Golden in his letter (January 22) repeats the well-worn accusation that those in favour of staying in the UK referred to Scotland as “too small, too poor and too stupid’: This phrase was used by John Swinney, not those on the “No” side. There is no doubt that Scotland could be a separate country but for what reason and at what cost? No one in favour of separatism can explain why they think it was wrong to leave the EU but it would be right to leave our union with our closest neighbour after 300 years. We are intrinsically linked and it benefits Scotland to stay in this union both financially and culturally. As for the Boris Johnson or Tories argument, they will not be in power forever whereas removing ourselves from the rest of the UK would be permanent. Even Nicola Sturgeon has admitted that leaving the UK would be a financial hit for Scotland. Our geographic layout with remote communities makes providing services in Scotland more expensive than in England. Our demographics, with a greater proportion of older people, means that the tax base is lower than in other countries. While Mr Golden may think that the youth of today are politically astute, they are economically naive if they believe the lies being fed to them by some in the SNP of higher pensions and greater wealth. Jane Lax. Craigellachie, Aberlour.