Letters: Independence TV will go down the tubes

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At the moment the £12 a month BBC licence fee gets Scots £3.4 billion of TV and radio programmes plus the iPlayer. Scotland contributes around £320 million of that.

Under independence the SNP could have the same licence fee and, therefore, only be able to afford to buy the odd BBC programme but lose all the TV and radio channels.

Given that the BBC currently spends nearly £300m on sports, we in Scotland would be faced with losing Wimbledon, the Olympic Games etc or spending the entire budget on sport.

Alternatively we could be like Norway and Denmark whose licence fees are double that of Britain, but still with less than 20 per cent of the output.

There is no such thing as a free lunch in this game.

Thomas McCafferty, Drumbrae South, Edinburgh

Barriers to a conflict-free future Scotland

A SEPARATE Scotland? Just look at the present highly dangerous situation in Russia – a perfect example of barriers creating conflict.

A ‘Yes’ vote would erect a barrier between Scotland and the rest of the UK.

The world is cursed with power-mad dictators, surely we wouldn’t vote for another?

We are living in a wonderful, peaceful and democratic society. Surely the people of Scotland would not be daft enough to break up a safe and solid union and be left alone to face any potential enemy?

Mrs S De Luca, Baberton Park, Juniper Green, Edinburgh

Black Diamond radio stands by our SuBo

i recently read an article in your paper which stated that fans of Susan Boyle had been lobbying radio stations which appeared to be snubbing her music, including BBC Radio Scotland and other radio stations (News, February 24).

As a regular listener to and big fan of Black Diamond FM, Midlothian’s community radio station, which broadcasts from Newtongrange on 107.8FM, I can assure Susan’s legion of fans that her music is played regularly by Bill and Ted, who are Scotland’s oldest radio presenters at 91 and 89 years young.

Their programme, Seniors Hour, is on air every Sunday from 5pm to 6pm and is enjoyed by their many listeners.

Rosie Wilson, Goff Avenue, Edinburgh

Key points to ponder in the referendum

ALTHOUGH a loyal Scot, unfortunately I will not be allowed to vote in the most important public vote of my lifetime. However, I offer some points to ponder for those who are entitled.

1: A vote for independence is not a vote for the SNP;

2: In the event of a ‘Yes’ majority, surely the SNP will be obsolete?;

3: There can be few issues to arise which have not already been encountered in Europe during the past 25 years as the many new states have joined.

Charlie Brien, Chelmsford, Essex

Labour Unionists sank Callaghan government

IN his letter of February 24, Ian Hunter says the SNP got into bed with the Tories in 1979 and brought down the Callaghan Labour government, ushering in the Thatcher era.

In fact, it was Tam Dalyell and his Labour traitors that told Callaghan if he implemented the Scottish Assembly he would invite the Tories to put in a vote of no confidence, in which they would abstain from voting with Callaghan.

Callaghan told the SNP he could not deliver the Assembly, to which they replied, no Assembly, no confidence.

The result was the government fell by one vote, 311-310 with 14 abstentions.

The SNP also suffered in the 1979 general election, reduced from 11 MPs to just two.

Even though over 51 per cent of Scots had voted in favour of an Assembly in a turnout of 63.8 per cent, Labour rigged the outcome with their 40 per cent minimum amendment.

They lied to us Scots about being for it when they did not want it, and all the time Scotland stayed loyal to Labour at every election for 18 years, while the Tories punished Scotland.

Only when Labour ditched Socialism did they become electable in south east England and we now see them voting with the Tories tacitly to keep the SNP out of full power at Holyrood.

Colin Smail Viewforth Gardens, Bruntsfield, Edinburgh

Salmond treats the electorate like children

ALEX Salmond and the SNP are treating the Scottish electorate like children. Instead of a reasoned argument about the currency union and the seamless membership of the EU, they huff and puff and resort to the tactics of “bluster, bluff and bullying”, of which Mr Salmond accuses George Osborne.

Their response to this debate has been to sneer, smear and insult. The serious issues about currency and the EU are profound and will affect the lives and standard of living of us all.

Faced with genuine challenge and intellectual argument the SNP’s only response is to maximise the anti-English, anti-Tory and anti-Labour rhetoric rather than a give reasoned and intelligent alternative.

Why would Westminster agree to a currency union when the SNP propose to leave it at the earliest opportunity when a more attractive alternative comes along?

We must have a better debate than this, with the alternatives clearly given before we leap into the unknown.

Mrs Linda Brown, Great Junction Street, Edinburgh