Letters: Hearts don’t need a win, they can beat themselves

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It’s really quite depressing to read of Hearts fans – even players – speak of avoiding being relegated by Hibs. Clubs are not demoted by a single result, but on their performance over at least the major part of the season.

An obvious extension of this argument would be that if Hearts are eventually demoted, it will have been caused by defeats inflicted by five imaginary teams, representing the loss of the 15 points which would undoubtedly be the most significant cause of the club’s failure to survive the season.

The fault clearly lies with boardroom failure properly to manage the business affairs of Hearts FC. Meanwhile, any Hibs fans celebrating the demise of their deadly enemy might reflect on the fact that they themselves will now have at least a season of reduced revenue from lost fixtures against them, while Hearts will have at least the same time with income gained from playing Rangers.

I find it all rather childish: two successful capital city teams in the same league would surely be to their mutual benefit.

Robert Dow, Ormiston Road, Tranent

Sign up now to beat the ticket touts

Fed up trying to get tickets for your favourite bands or festivals, like T in the park, only to find they have ‘sold out’ in minutes ?

Then you go to the usual re-selling agencies to find they have hundreds of tickets to sell, but at hugely inflated prices !

Want to put a stop to this ?

Well there is an Government e-petition on the go, which if enough people sign up for, could see these firms banned !

Please log on to HM Government e-petitions http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/ and let’s make it that the real fans can get tickets for a fair price, and not line the pockets of the ‘touts’.

Alun Thomas, Sinclair Close, Edinburgh

Helen Martin misses the point on trams

The penny clearly has not dropped with Helen Martin (News, March 31). I suspect she is spending too much time with the ‘grumbling classes’.

Around the world cities are developing new tram systems, they bring an attractive alternative for the motorist and stimulate economic development. All evidence shows that as soon as one tram line is complete there is demand for more. This will be no different in Edinburgh and the extension to Leith should be progressed as a matter of urgency.

Estate agents and property developers clearly understand that people will choose to live close to a tram stop and hence we’ll see property values in those locations rising by 15 per cent.

Paul Tetlaw, Lynedoch Place, Edinburgh

More council tax bands can aid Scotland

AM (Letters, April 2), asks the valid question: How can we fund housing benefit in the manner of our choosing, if the amount we receive is fixed by the UK Government? We do already have certain devolved tax raising powers and we are scheduled to obtain more.

One simple way to raise money to help the poor in our society would be to increase the number of bands used to calculate council tax in Scotland.

These new bands would need to be beyond the current top band so that owners of expensive property wouldpay more tax than at present. Since council tax is straightforward to administer and is difficult to evade, this proposal could provide an effective answer to this vital question.

John Higinbotham, Bruntsfield Gardens, Edinburgh

A roundabout way to sell your used car

Has anyone noticed recently the number of private cars ‘dumped’ beside major roundabouts, on main roads and any other junctions they can get away with, with ‘for sale’ signs on them?

I think this is a dangerous practice and should not be allowed. Roads are clogged up enough.

These cars are not on private land, so why don’t the council charge them a fee for parking on council land?

They would not hesitate to plonk a parking ticket on a car for being five minutes over their time limit, but these cars that are for sale can sit at a roundabout for days or even weeks without a problem.

Come on Edinburgh council, you could do with some new income!

Norma Edington, Edinburgh

Independent Scotland won’t need to spy

The Royal United Services Institute and other right wing establishment think tanks have warned that an independent Scotland will not be able to afford its own adequate defence force, nor its own GCHQ, MI5 or MI6.

I think that this means having no Scottish GCHQ spying on every citizen’s every phone call and text; no Scottish MI5 and 6 spying on, infiltrating and destabilising legitimate political parties and protest movements.

no Scottish army illegally invading other sovereign states and toppling legally conceived governments; and no Scottish navy prepared to atomise neighbouring populations with nuclear weapons.

Lawdy, how will we manage?

David Fiddimore, Calton Road, Edinburgh