Wednesday’s correspondents train their collective focus on salmon farming, the influence of the Old Firm on Scottish football, the reliability of nuclear power and Alex Salmond’s place in Scottish history.
China salmon deal threat to Scottish rivers Sir,-With reference to your article (January 13) about Scotland winning a farmed salmon deal with China, I feel that the downside to the subject should be brought into the equation.
It has been thought for some time that farmed salmon are spreading various diseases to our natural, wild salmon.
It is also well known that the money that the fishing for wild salmon generates is far greater than that generated by farmed salmon.
When will the politicians waken up?
Allan Murray.44 Napier Road,Glenrothes.
Time for Old Firm to move
Sir,-I did not know that Jim Crumley, Lord Reid and Neil Lennon were buddies.
They must be, otherwise why would Messrs Reid and Lennon provide your columnist with so much ammunition to back his argument that Scottish football would be better off without the Old Firm?
The Celtic pair are in critical mood about nearly everything in the game north of the Border mostly the referees. Says Lennon, ‘This war won’t stop until referees get it right’. War? It’s football not military conflict where people shoot bullets at one another, lad.
Get it right? Believe me it never has happened and never will happen because, like managers who put teams on the park that are not good enough to win every game, refs are human beings with all that means by way of occasional wrong choices.
And what of Rangers? The rapidly diminishing number of people who follow football and pay for the privilege at the turnstiles are fed up hearing the hard-luck stories of the inability to sign new stars of the Laudrup, Butcher, Souness category.
If they get real at Ibrox they will realise that this is all because over spending in the first place caused the problem.
I admit to believing for many years that the Scottish game needed these Glasgow clubs. Now I am leaning heavily towards the Crumley view. The only problem is where our so-called big two would play. It would need a seismic shift in opinion for them to be accepted in England.
Heritage of indicator
Sir,-I agree with your correspondent Ben Oliphant who stated that the Kinnoull Hill indicator is not 90 years old.
The benefactor was Mr John Lennox Anderson of Langfauld, Glenfarg, a client of the law firm for which I worked.
In 1946, he gifted the indicator and, at the same time, gifts of stained-glass windows were made to Kinnoull Parish Church and St John’s Kirk.
Beatrice A. Nairn.16 Muirton Bank,Perth.
Clean and renewable
Sir,-John Busby (January 17) notes that the French nuclear power industry is suffering a financial crisis. Thereafter, with his talk of subsidies and penalties, it is not at all clear on which side he is coming down nuclear or anti-nuclear.
The point is that nuclear power may or may not be expensive but it is a reliable source of electricity whatever the season. It is also clean. I do not accept the anti-nuclear lobby’s claims that nuclear waste cannot be disposed of safely.
Scientists tell us that Aberdeen’s granite buildings expose its citizens to more radiation than the latest nuclear power stations.
On the other hand, renewable sources are prohibitively expensive and extremely unreliable.
The object of all this frantic activity to produce electricity from wind, wave and other renewables is apparently to help the environment, reduce carbon emissions and save the world.
By all means push ahead with all speed to produce all our power from renewables but why jeopardise tomorrow for some vague possibility in the future?
We must first ensure that our industries keep functioning and that our homes, offices and streets are adequately supplied with electricity before committing too much of our resources to unproven sources of power.
George K. McMillan.5 Mount Tabor Avenue,Perth.
Salmond secures place in history
Sir,-History with its flickering lamp, said Winston Churchill, ponders along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, revive its echoes and kindle with pale gleams the fortunes of time past.
First Minister Alex Salmond was in a reflective rather than his normally strident mood on Desert Island Discs as you reported (January 17).
He made some important points. For good, or ill, we have moved north of the border towards a Scottish Parliament, then a coalition of two main parties and then to a minority SNP administration.
Whatever the outcome of the Holyrood election in May, the nationalists can take some comfort from a basic point 75 years ago, just after the party was established, they were considered as little more than an eccentric, motley group of individuals.
Today, they are taken seriously at government level. That must be seen as a democratic advance.
Some people argue that the SNP is too serious about devolution and that they should make clear that they stand for independence and go hell for leather to achieve it. That is wrong.
People are entitled to know that it can run a government even with limited powers. On many occasions in the last four years it has overstretched itself and swayed between complacency and arrogance.
For the most part, though, it has taken its responsibilities seriously. Voters now have more choice of government. In the spring, Mr Salmond may go on to another term as FM, or vanish to the backbenches but his place in Scottish history is assured.
Bob Taylor.24 Shiel Court,Glenrothes.