Everyone who gets a Scottish banknote in their change seeks to get rid of it as soon as possible.

Alex Salmond wants his cake and ha’penny by wanting to keep the Bank of England pound as his currency after getting independence.

Under the Barnett formula, Scotland has been over-cosseted with public funds for many years.

Independence means standing on your own two feet, so the nationalists should not be allowed to rely on the generosity of England to prop up their economy.

If Scotland leaves the union, there will be an increase per head in the rest of the UK for public funding. They could of course, seek advice from that proud Scot, Gordon Brown, on how to make an economy appear to be thriving, when it is in fact heading for the rocks.

Geoff Robb, Hunters Close, Dunnington, York.