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’.
Sir, - With reference to the letter by Joseph Miller, Create Fairer Tax System (May 23), the writer was clearly trying to establish some form of populist tax avoidance rhetoric.
Sir, - Recent reports on the safety of re-building aircraft after a crash (Courier, January 4) suggest this to be a reasonable practice, though it is easily demonised.
Sir, - I write with reference to your article about NHS Tayside confirming the ending of endoscopy procedures at Stracathro Hospital (October 26).
Sir, – Did the much publicised sleep-out in Edinburgh’s Princes St Gardens really do anything to help the homeless, other than simply highlight their plight (The Courier December 11)?
Sir, - I write with reference to Mr Watts’ criticism of Jim Crumley’s column and even his lifestyle.
Sir, – BBC Reporting Scotland made very little of the start of the sea trials of one of the largest aircraft carriers in the world, and which was partly built in Scotland.
Sir,– Martin Redfern (August 12) praises the SNP for their efforts to end funeral poverty in Scotland, but sadly undermines this positivity by claiming this is only possible due to English subsidies.
Sir, – Let me thank the Scottish Gamekeepers Association for calling for bird casualties around wind turbines to be monitored (Courier, November 13).
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”.