Sir, – What shocking figures we’re seeing for the closing of High Street shops and the casting aside of shop assistants on to the scrapheap of unemployment (“New report showing 1,300 retail jobs lost in Tayside and Fife”, The Courier, October 25).
Madam, – The question of Scottish independence is a regular feature in all the newspapers these days.
Madam, – So Labour shadow chancellor John McDonnell has confirmed he would grant Nicola Sturgeon IndyRef2 whenever she wishes (Labour would not block second referendum on independence, Courier, August 7).
Madam, – Alex Orr implicitly concedes that the GERS figures are fairly accurate, and that an independent Scotland would face a deficit of around 7% of GDP, by failing to answer them in his letter (Fiscal straitjacket ditched in indy Scotland, Courier, August 27).
Madam, – I read the other day about Jacob Rees-Mogg’s campaign to be elected MP for Central Fife in 1997 and couldn’t believe he was unsuccessful!
Madam, – Drugs deaths in Scotland are appallingly common. Being an echo chamber of “progressive” liberalism, the SNP cannot muster anything in response beyond decriminalisation, “safe” injection facilities, tackling dealers and support for addicts.
Madam, – John Watson of Broughty Ferry Community Council is delighted that planning was refused on a 10 year vacant site and that “good sense prevailed”.
Madam, – Recent coverage in The Courier and other media of Richard Selley’s campaign for the legalisation of assisted dying and of his own death on Friday (Final plea over assisted dying, Courier, September 6), must have made many people wonder what kind of democracy we live in.
Madam, – It makes sense for the city of Perth to house the Stone of Destiny because this stone has an interesting history (Battle begins to bring Stone of Destiny to Perth, Courier, August 16).
Sir, – Michael Alexander’s article on the Science of Climate Change (The Courier, October 29) was a refreshingly sane view of a topic that too often breeds hysteria.