Letters Archive

  • Thursday 30 October 2014

    THE Scottish Government highlights a shortfall in revenue in response to our concerns over the new Land and Buildings Transaction Tax, seemingly discounting the hugely damaging social and economic impact that penalising the middle and upper rungs of the housing ladder risks ("Fears over impact of property tax on hard-working families", The Herald, October 28).

  • Thursday 30 October 2014

    THE 15 per cent increase in use of "bank nurses" who step in to plug gaps in wards by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHS GGC) at a cost of £36m ("Union warns NHS relying on temporary staff", The Herald, October 27) is a sad reflection on NHS management.

  • Thursday 30 October 2014

    AS a previous member of the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (Cosla) working group which has been tasked with making charging arrangements more consistent across Scotland, I take offence at the comment made by a Cosla spokesperson that "a minority of third-sector organisations would rather shout from the sidelines than sit round the table" ("Disabled people below poverty line forced to pay for services", The Herald, October 25).

  • Wednesday 29 October 2014

    PROFESSOR James Pickett brings trenchant realism to his assessment of post-referendum politics (Letters, October 27).

  • Wednesday 29 October 2014

    I NOTE that a jogger was arrested (temporarily) for bumping into the Prime Minister ("Prime Minister backs bodyguards as he shrugs off jogger collision", The Herald, October 28).

  • Wednesday 29 October 2014

    TIM Baynes of the Scottish Land and Estates Moorland Group accuses wildlife charities of speculating on the illegal poisoning case in spring 2014 involving the death of 16 red kites on the Black Isle, in his words "straining the relationship between land managers and conservationists" ("Landowners hit out at wildlife group claims on raptor killing", The Herald, October 27 and Letters, October 27).

  • Wednesday 29 October 2014

    I AM in complete agreement with the comments of Duncan MacIntyre (Letters, October 28).

  • Wednesday 29 October 2014

    I NOTE with interest the plans announced by the Scottish Govern­ment to reduce the country's drink drive limit ("New lower drink-drive limit before Christmas", The Herald, October 24.

  • Wednesday 29 October 2014

    THE decision by the UK Government to reject the call by its own House of Commons Transport Committee for an inquiry North Sea helicopter safety, supported by National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) and the British Airline Pilots Association (Balpa), who directly represent many of those working in the offshore oil industry, raises many questions ("Helicopter crash widow hits out as inquiry call is rejected", The Herald, October 28).

  • Tuesday 28 October 2014

    THE heavy promotion of Scot Squad, the latest in the tradition of Rab C Nesbitt, Still Game, Chewin' the Fat and others, demonstrates BBC Scotland's belief that the only form of comedy which is appropriate for television is patronisingly coarse portrayals of the working and non-working class, an attitude doubtless fuelled by a self-congratu­latory sense of comradeship with the characters.

  • Tuesday 28 October 2014

    SADLY, I cannot fully agree with all the fine sentiments expressed so well by William Scott (Letters, October 27) regarding the route out of child poverty.

  • Tuesday 28 October 2014

    JOHANN Lamont's departure is a big story, but not a surprising one Lamont ("Labour in turmoil as Lamont resigns", The Herald, October 25).

  • Tuesday 28 October 2014

    EMERITUS Professor James Pickett's letter (October 27) is at odds with the evaluation of the Scottish economy as outlined by world-renowned economists Joseph Stiglistz (Nobel prizewinner) and Andrew Hughes Hallett.

  • Tuesday 28 October 2014

    IAN Palmer's letter (October 25) raises a number of contentious issues.

  • Tuesday 28 October 2014

    THE European Commission has the audacity to demand £1.7 billion extra funding from the UK ("Angry Cameron tells EU:

  • Monday 27 October 2014

    I NOTE with interest your coverage of the Milburn report ("Milburn in living wage call as child poverty rises in Scotland", The Herald, October 21, and Letters, October 22).

  • Monday 27 October 2014

    SHOULD the Smith Commission agree to transfer important powers from Westminster to Holyrood none should applaud.

  • Monday 27 October 2014

    The announcement by Police Scotland that the 20 raptors found poisoned in March near Conon Bridge were "not deliberately targeted" raises number of serious matters.

  • Monday 27 October 2014

    DAN Arnott (Letters, October 24) invites us to contact the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) at its Swiss headquarters to confirm that it is at a loss to explain the so-called pause in global warming.

  • Monday 27 October 2014

    LIKE Catherine Bergamini (Letters, October 20), I have been taking part in Glasgow City Council-organised walks for 17 years and I am just short of completing 600 outings.

  • Saturday 25 October 2014

    Some supporters of the Labour for Scotland group want to change their party's name to the Independent Labour Party (Labour pressure group launches, News, October 19).

  • Saturday 25 October 2014

    Alexander McKay's statement that the "pro-UK" side won the referendum is indisputable (Accept the settled will of the country, Letters, October 19).

  • Saturday 25 October 2014

    Richard Lucas criticises Vicky Allan for distinguishing just two stances about "sexting":

  • Saturday 25 October 2014

    Ian Bell writes that Lord Smith of Kelvin has a "hellish task" in seeking agreement on further devolution.

  • Saturday 25 October 2014

    I was pleased with the prominence you gave the essay on Gaelic (The word of Mod, Comment, October 19).

  • Saturday 25 October 2014

    Rob Edwards exposes a major Scottish Government failing (Revealed:

  • Saturday 25 October 2014

    Two further incidents can be added to the concerns raised about safety within the nuclear industry (Nuclear incidents need to be taken more seriously, Letters, October 19).

  • Friday 24 October 2014

    THE demand from Brussels for an extra £1.7 billion of British taxpayers' money is a travesty.

  • Friday 24 October 2014

    OUR society has never known such levels of medical expertise and ability to control pain.

  • Friday 24 October 2014

    THE letter from Angus MacDonald (October 21) demonstrates the bitterness towards the decline in crofting agriculture that is felt by many people whose hearts are still in the Highlands and the land of their ancestors, even though they themselves may have travelled far from home.