Letters: How we can help police in the pursuit of justice

Ineos Grangemouth Refinery. Pic: Comp

Ineos Grangemouth Refinery. Pic: Comp

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HAVING a national police force does not mean that things will get better on the streets of local communities.

The name of the game is crime prevention, and the link between community policing and the national force is essential.

Police inquiries. Picture: Callum Bennetts

Police inquiries. Picture: Callum Bennetts

While the national police force can deal with major criminal activities, they need the back-up of community officers, who can provide local information for where criminal activities usually start.

Prevention is better than the cure. Crime is a never-ending process which needs to be challenged almost every day, and cutting your resources will only make the job that much more difficult.

Our police force need the support of the people living in the community. Without it, justice will be much more difficult to attain.

Chas Dennis, Niddrie Marischal Road, Edinburgh

It’s time to give true democracy to people

Full marks to the Irish Dail for allowing a referendum on slimming down government by abolishing the Senate, resulting in a narrow majority for the status quo.

We Britons deserve the same opportunity, straitened as we are by a public service austerity environment with virtually all government departments and local authorities ordered to cut costs and jobs.

Our government, a power elite of the privileged class, is now engaged in a palpable assault on the country’s most vulnerable members. The so-called “bedroom tax” exposes their off-hand arrogance, compounded by a vicious attack on people unfortunate enough to be reliant on benefits.

They’ve even decided to cancel the pitiful one per cent rise awarded to NHS staff.

Notably, no reduction is imposed on parliamentary representation. Why do we still suffer the ridiculous House of Lords, outnumbering the Commons, yet with no power of enactment? The answer is that many of our MPs expect to “graduate” to that upper privilege level, with its “supplementary pension” of £300 per day.

It’s time for true democracy: let the people decide.

Robert Dow, Ormiston Road, Tranent

A few ideas to help Cameron get his vote

Unsurprisingly David Cameron has ducked a debate with Alex Salmond.

Mr Salmond would need only to ask: “What additional powers will you provide for Holyrood, in the event of a “No” vote?, for the Prime Minister to develop incurable lockjaw!

However, here are a few suggestions that might make the undecided electorate flock to his banner:

n Removal of Trident from the Clyde within six months.

n All oil revenues to be shared on a geographical basis.

n full fiscal autonomy for Scotland.

Nevertheless, even with those “concessions’ written in the blood of his millionaire cabinet ministers, there might still be many, like me, reluctant to kiss his “Ragman’s Roll”, and come away with nothing but chapped lips, empty pockets and more broken promises.

Joseph G Miller, Gardeners Street, Dunfermline

No sympathy for well paid union bosses

An overtime ban and work-to-rule by workers employed by Ineos (News, October 7) threatens, not only the future of the company, but the economy.

These workers, at Scotland’s only oil refinery, left, have also threatened an all-out strike over the alleged treatment of union official Stevie Deans.

An all out-strike could have serious effects for domestic power supplies and could cost Britain millions of pound every day. It would also close the BP Forties pipeline.

Ineos is claiming the refinery is losing £10 million every month so I would have thought a quick agreement is essential with the Unite union.

The average wages of those employed by Ineos and that of the man at the top at Unite should be made public. The public would be astounded at the high wages especially those of the top union official, and any sympathy would evaporate.

Clark Cross, Springfield Road, Linlithgow

Rewards of getting people jobs worth it

WE are encouraged by the Scottish Government’s Procurement Reform Bill, proposing new laws designed to improve the way the public sector buys goods, works and services.

The Bill proposes the expansion of the use of so-called “community-benefit clauses” in higher value contracts. Such clauses can bring extra benefits to certain groups when drawing up procurement contracts, in the case of the Bill helping to promote training, apprenticeships and opportunities for disabled people and long-term unemployed.

One key grouping adversely affected by economic recession and youth unemployment are those young people with disabilities. Less than a quarter of all those aged 16 and over with learning difficulties or disabilities are in employment and less than one per cent of apprentices declared a disability. That said, we are encouraged by the Scottish Government’s actions in trying to get this group into training and employment, as evidenced in this Bill and other measures.

The rewards of getting these young people into work are well worth it, potentially addressing gaps created by skills shortages and delivering higher loyalty and retention rates, as well as a strong work ethic.

The Scottish Children’s Services Coalition: Sophie Dow, founder, Mindroom; Tom McGhee, managing director, Spark of Genius; Duncan Dunlop, chief executive, Who Cares? Scotland; Stuart Jacob, director, Falkland House School; Brian Durham, managing director, Young Foundations