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Stay, Scotland! Brits say why they want to keep their country united

For the first time in its 186-year history, The Spectator‘s cover story will be written by its readers: people from outside of Scotland, saying why they want Scotland to stay and keep our country united. Even over lunchtime, we have been deluged with people writing in to say why they want Scots to stay.

Please keep these coming. If you have sent an email, ask two or three of your friends to send more: editor@spectator.co.uk. Include a picture if you don’t mind our using it. Put ‘STAY!’ in the subject title, and do say where you’re from.

We’ll run them in the cover feature of the new Spectator, certainly, but I thought I’d share a few of them now: they’re better than any speech you’ll hear from any politician.

Our country, our united Kingdom is, above all, a union of peoples. And it is the people of these countries, rather than Westminster, who are now stepping up to fight to keep that country. These emails make it far harder for Alex Salmond to argue that it’s a vote against a Westminster elite – and easier to see how our great country can stay together.

GARETH MILNER, from Durham Gareth Milner ‘Once, the people of these islands bled whilst facing each other. But the world has seen us standing side by side, proudly and magnificently, fighting mot just for our liberty but for that of others. The glue, the foundation, the very fabric of what holds the United Kingdom together, is the people. Next week’s referendum is indeed a golden opportunity – from Holme Fen to Ben Nevis – to reaffirm a belief in a blessed union. It’s true that similarities bring us together. But I remain convinced our differences – what we each bring to the table – are what make this country far stronger together that it would be if we stood apart.

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