With reference to your front cover (26 November), the UK minus Scotland and Wales does not leave England with the union flag, but with a St George's cross.

The fact that you automatically - or sub-consciously - act as if England and Britain are synonymous is part of a much wider underlying attitude among the English, which is likely to contribute towards a tendency to go for full independence in those constituents of the UK you clearly think of as parts of England. And who could blame them?

Geoff Hetherington

Practice support manager

Newham