Letters: All Scots deserve to have a voice . . wherever they live

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Surprise, surprise, autumn 2014 was named as the date for the referendum on independence, just after the Commonwealth Games and planned to get maximum political coverage for the Scottish National Party.

It is wrong to use the games as a political platform, and would be hypocritical of Alex Salmond if he were to present medals to Sir Chris Hoy, or any other winning Scottish athletes who live in England, and tell them how well they have done for Scotland, then inform them they cannot vote on Scottish affairs as they are not part of the “Scottish people”.

There are tens of thousands of Scots who live south of the Border and who represent Scotland in different ways, but will not be given the vote that will change their life whatever the outcome of the referendum.

James Mitchell, Craigs Road, Edinburgh

Banking bonuses spoil reputation

WE cannot be surprised that there are protests about inequality in people’s lives today.

The banking sector is becoming notorious for paying excessive bonuses to senior staff, while cutting costs by making thousands of others redundant.

The Royal Bank of Scotland has suffered losses in recent years, but still awards millions of pounds in bonus deals to senior staff. How can this be justified?

If this continues, we are failing the people of this country and tarnishing our reputation worldwide.

Susan Begley, Elgin Terrace, Abbeyhill, Edinburgh

Leisure price rises are unsporting

EDINBURGH Leisure chief executive John Comiskey may consider 106 per cent rises excellent value for money but for others it may be the last straw (Letters, January 17).

Senior citizens are not only having the regular rise but are also being asked to pay extra as the discount is being reduced to 40 per cent.

It seems Edinburgh Leisure went to the well too often as last year’s prices were high, if not quite as excessive as this year’s.

I am sure if Mr Comiskey found the price of his hobby had risen by 106 per cent he would not consider it value for money.

Exercise is expected to improve the quality of life for senior citizens and save the health service money.

Does it not seem that these rises are self-defeating?

John Williamson, Edinburgh

Public must get say on spending

THE admission from city council chief executive Sue Bruce regarding the cost of the trams project (News, January 5) is evidence that the councils of Scotland need to canvass public opinion when they want to spend vast sums.

Meanwhile, governments plough billions into wars such as Iraq and Afghanistan.

How can anyone in power claim to represent their voters without consulting the voting public?

Trevor Swistchew, Victor Park Terrace, Edinburgh