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Readers' letters

New carrier decks will be ‘aircraft free’

December 9 2017

Sir, – The commissioning of the first of Gordon Brown’s two pork-barrel white elephants, known in navy speak as HMS Big Lizzie, will be followed by HMS Chuck. Naval top brass are frightfully proud, of course, but the two carriers have been rightly described by a former chief of defence staff as ‘vulnerable metal cans’.

Readers' letters

READERS’ LETTERS: Size and competition – a perfect storm

January 22 2018

Sir, – Derek Farmer is right to identify size as a factor in the collapse of facilities management and construction company Carillion, as well as the Royal Bank of Scotland et al, but there’s a further factor to these failures: lack of competition. This situation is aided and abetted by governments of every colour.

Readers' letters

Perth should impose planning restrictions

October 31 2017

Sir, - Mr Roche of Perth wrote a very reasonable letter about the poor look of Perth during the day, while considerable monies are spent on lighting it up at night (October 28) and poor facades in the city centre is one of his expressed concerns.

Readers' letters

Trident costs a fraction of Scotland’s deficit

August 30 2017

Sir, - Every time clear evidence appears, such as the annual GERS report, of the deficit Gordian Knot that an independent Scotland would face, rather than face the reality of massive cuts and tax rises, SNP ministers, spin doctors and apologists trot out the old canards of “we wouldn’t have the cost of Trident or the new aircraft carriers and we could grow the economy to close the deficit gap”.

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