We learned over the weekend that Kirsty Wark, in her e-mailed apology to Alex Salmond's constituency office (why not directly to him on his mobile?) asks him to "agree" that the Newsnight "interview was conducted in a fair and robust manner".

I hope he doesn't so agree, because that would put him in a minority of one. Fuelled by bias against and antagonism towards an SNP First Minister, this figure in what can only be described as the broad Labour establishment that was our overlord for generations went revealingly over the top and everyone knows it. - Jim Sillars, 97 Grange Loan, Edinburgh. According to the memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the UK and Libya, the two governments will negotiate on (among other matters) "extradition and prisoner transfer". Working "to conclude the negotiations and prepare these agreements in their final form", both parties undertake "in the case of the last-mentioned extradition and prisoner transfer agreement" that said agreement will be signed (ie, become legally binding) "within a period not exceeding 12 months from the date of signing this MoU". This constitutes a written, binding promise to sign a treaty within one year.

That there is an added clause to the effect that the "UK government will seek to obtain the agreement of all three jurisdictions within the United Kingdom in each of those cases" is irrelevant. The UK government is formally committed to signing a treaty (however it be styled), regardless of whether or not the Scottish government and judiciary agrees that the case of Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi is covered by the agreement.

Given the claims implicit in the doctrine of the sovereignty of the crown in (Westminster) parliament, plus the indications from Tripoli that the Megrahi case was central to this agreement from the first, Alex Salmond is right to be concerned. - Brian D Finch, 56 Fingal Street, Maryhill, Glasgow. Step forward Elizabeth Quigley. As soon as her name was even linked to that of John Swinney the BBC took her out of politics and moved her to another area. Everyone nodded righteously. It was self-evident. We can't have even the potential for that kind of bias in our media (ie,towards the SNP).

Now step forward Kirsty Wark, a BBC political presenter in a far more high-profile job than Elizabeth Quigley, and chum of Labour First Ministers Donald Dewar and Jack McConnell.

What did Kirsty and Jack discuss during these cosy get-togethers at her place in Majorca or at his in Bute House? I wonder if that subject of common interest, how best to combine the forces of media and parliament in order to diss the Nats, ever crept in among the sun and sangria.

Never mind the potential for bias. Kirsty is the kind to wear her bias on her sleeve, from her unquestioning acceptance of the say-so of a proven liar (Blair) to her emotional outburst at the end. We are still waiting to see when the state-funded BBC will move her away from politics into gardening or sport. No-one is holding their breath. - Mary McCabe, 25 Circus Drive, Glasgow. It is refreshing to note that the Scottish government has for the first time entered into real politics. I suspect the reason could be that Alex Salmond has to answer only to the people of Scotland and not to a party leader in Westminster, as is the case with the other leading parties. - Dorothy Sinclair, Kyle, Lochaline, Morvern, Argyll. What a miserable, North British cringer Alexander McKay is (June 9). Can he not rise above his hatred of the SNP to see how the Union of which he is so fond is undermined by Tony Blair's Libyan memorandum? Staunch Unionist Annabel Goldie certainly can. Even Jack McConnell described the episode as "regrettable" and has since implied that he stood up to a previous attempt to have Megrahi transferred.

Mr McKay tries to portray the incident as an example of Alex Salmond picking a fight as Labour had so luridly warned us before the election. In this I commend him to read Ian Bell's Saturday Essay which shows convincingly it was not a fight of Mr Salmond's making. His reaction is no more than I would expect from our First Minister, rightly standing up for Scotland's interests.

Perhaps Mr McKay agrees with Ian Davidson MP who so disgracefully shouted out "Who cares?" when Scottish interests were raised at Westminster last week. If Labour's Scottish MPs have any purpose at all, it is surely to seek to defend Scottish interests at Westminster as best they can. Does Mr McKay also agree with the "senior MP" who rebuked Jack McConnell for not consulting the Foreign Office before agreeing with Alex Salmond, or can he see this entirely confirms the SNP's claim that Mr McConnell takes his orders from London Labour? - Andrew M Fraser, Cradlehall Cottage, Caulfield Road North, Inverness. The appalling treatment of Scotland's First Minister, Alex Salmond, by Kirsty Wark on BBC Newsnight is indicative of a clear lack of judgment and understanding of Scotland and devolution. Kirsty Wark was embroiled in the "Villagate" scandal in January 2005 when she holidayed with Jack McConnell and his family at her Majorcan home.

Two months later, she was removed as the anchor for the BBC's General Election campaign. Ms Wark has also overnighted wth her family at Bute House as a guest of Jack McConnell on two occasions.

To have Ms Wark interview Mr McConnell's replacement as First Minister was not only a crass, it was a naive judgment by the BBC and reeked of bias. At least the editor of the programme, Peter Barron, has had the decency to apologise for this sorry affair and, hopefully, BBC Newsnight is now more aware of devolution and the sensitivities it has created. - Alex Orr, 35 Bryson Road, Edinburgh.