Dear Mr. Barber, I am sadly amazed by the short sighted, incomplete and shallow review of the situation with Scots and Catalans. First of all, to put the two cases under the same roof is already misleading as they have very different historical backgrounds. Secondly, and now I´m referring to Catalonia, to portray the heart of the matter as being the lack of the central government´s ability to meet the needs of Catalans is either uncharacteristically ignorant, or extremely poorly worded, for the quality expected from the Financial Times. If you are just going to fly over such a complex matter as Catalan nationalism, at least get your basic facts straight. First of all, the central government´s blocking or not of a referendum is not a whim or a desire to be difficult, although the nationalists are using this as another ridiculous example of non-existent Spanish oppression, it is because it is the law. Spain, I assume you don´t know, has a written constitution that caters for these kinds of important situations. Personally, I would fully support a referendum, especially if it is controlled by international observers just to make sure the nationalists don´t let their eagerness get the better of them. Do you know why? Because I´m sure the majority of Catalans would vote NO to independence.