Letters: Audited inquiry needed in Lothian Buses dispute

The Lothian Buses dispute has centred around managing director Ian Craig. Picture: PHIL WILKINSON

The Lothian Buses dispute has centred around managing director Ian Craig. Picture: PHIL WILKINSON

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First of all I would like to compliment this newspaper and the correspondent concerned [Paris Gourtsoyannis] for their brilliant investigative journalism on Lothian Buses.

This answers a burning question as to why a former colleague of mine was frightened out of his wits to divulge anything to me during the summer of this year.

I now applaud the well principled stand by my former three executive colleagues and the employees who have supported them throughout. I think the time has come for the major shareholder to hold a thorough audited inquiry.

Let’s face it, if you’re quick to decide on parachuting a member of the council on to the board then you should not deny the workforce safe employment. If refused, then create political hell about it and send a deputation to the City Chambers.

This company does not exist for the purposes of malpractice, it exists for sustainable and fair employment, serving the people of Lothian.

I can imagine something like this happening in North Korea but the script for The Interview had already been written.

Once again, well done Evening News and your version of the “cyber attack”. The truth always comes out eventually.

Peter Sargent, former employee director

We’re all thinking of Glasgow this Christmas

Both my wife and I, as well the rest of Scotland, feel our hearts go out to the people of Glasgow and especially the victims of this terrible tragedy.

Christmas Day will not be the same, and our family will take a minute of silence at around 2.30pm. I would recommend the rest of Scotland and the UK do the same.

Such a sad time.

James Wallace, Edinburgh

Cameron’s EU reforms are a paltry effort

A recent report designed to form the bedrock of efforts by Prime Minister David Cameron to renegotiate the position of the UK within the EU has made few recommendations for the repatriation of laws from Brussels.

The report includes 26 sections covering issues including criminal justice, immigration and employment law, the single market, health, foreign policy, taxation, the economy and subsidiarity.

Some reforms designed to beef up enforcement of the single market and to give it more emphasis within the EU machinery are suggested, although it acknowledged some of these would be difficult to achieve politically.

The report recommended that the EU’s working time directive, water standards, car safety seats and agency working standards should be taken back under Britain’s control.

Not only are these potential issues rather paltry affairs – not quite the “fundamental” reform the Prime Minister has pledged – but there is no desire for Treaty changes by the other EU member states with the accompanying referendums that this would trigger.

Alex Orr, Leamington Terrace, Edinburgh

I’m not Strictly a fan now Brucie’s gone

I’m either unique or a freak! I didn’t enjoy the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing as much as I used to. Yes, the dancers are as fabulous as ever, up to their usual high standard, but two female presenters just don’t click with me. I find them the “odd couple”.

I wish the producer had chosen Tess’s husband Vernon Kay. On his show, Family Fortunes, he’s hilarious, talented and the banter between husband and wife would add humour which since Bruce left is sadly missing. It’s lost its sparkle!

Sylvia M De Luca, Baberton Park, Juniper Green, Edinburgh

Council should ease up on debt collection

I know Edinburgh City Council is severely strapped for cash but the zeal with which they now instruct their collection agents Scott and Company is alarming.

It is no wonder Citizens Advice and Stepchange are dealing with more cases due to demands before the 
collection year is even three quarters complete.

The imposition of additional charges on local residents and businesses that are in financial difficulty is a scandal. These charges should be coming out of the pockets of councillors who have been proliferate with Council Tax payers’ money over the years.

Douglas Kemp, South Queensferry

Primary kids enjoying free school meals

I refer to the article “Schools are now kitted out for meals” (News, December 23).

I would like to thank the Scottish Government for fully funding the provision of free school meals for P1-3 children in Edinburgh schools. In addition they provided full funding to allow new dining areas to be built in four primary schools.

Without their funding this would not have been possible.

Councillor Catherine Fullerton, Vice-Convener Education, Children & Families Committee, SNP - Sighthill/Gorgie Ward

Thanks for help after Princes Street tumble

A big thank you to all the passers-by, staff of Primark and cheery retired paramedic who came to my assistance when I took a tumble in Princes Street outside Primark on Monday, December 22, at lunchtime.

An X-ray at the Royal Infirmary did reveal a fractured pelvis so I didn’t feel a fraud that an ambulance had been summoned. Back home same day. Happy Christmas, everybody.

Evelyn Whitfield, Dean Village