Against the air of euphoria that exists in Scotland after the general election I want to argue that unquestioning faith in the SNP is misguided and dangerous.
Look at their record as the governing party in the Scottish Parliament over the last few years. You would expect for such a progressive party that social services and health and education would have experienced growth and progression.
They promised that class sizes in Scottish schools would be limited to 18 children - that never happened; they promised to build more social housing - that never happened.
With an increase in Scottish children suffering from mental health conditions, the SNP cut the bursaries for educational psychologists, and now in Scotland we face an acute shortage.
Presently in Edinburgh, the child and adolescent mental health services are at breaking point because of the increase in referrals, and waiting times can be a year long.
But, you cry, the SNP have been working under Conservative-led austerity cut backs. Well, last year the SNP had an underspend in their budget of £444 million that could have been spent on services. At the same time the SNP spent £60 million less on education, so there are 4000 fewer teachers and in the public sector we have 40,000 fewer local government jobs.
The SNP are, of course, a nationalist party and that means that they ‘speak’ for Scotland. But not all Scots are born equal. How will the SNP represent the millionaires and business, while also representing the interests of the poor, disabled and unemployed?
The only winners from the election are Rupert Murdoch, his friend David Cameron and the ruling classes.
What we are left with in Scotland and Edinburgh is 56 SNP MPs who will be isolated in Westminster with no coalition, no end to austerity, no end to welfare cuts and another five years of Cameron. The Scottish Lion, didn’t roar on election morning - the ruling class cheered.
Chris Heggie, Muir Wood Road, Currie,
Air weapon licences should apply to dogs
The new Scottish law requiring an air weapon certificate is expected to come into force next April. A licence will cost £80.
Police Scotland Assistant Chief Constable Wayne Mawson said, “The vast majority of people who own air weapons in Scotland are law abiding citizens”.
Tory MSP Alex Ferguson cited figures showing air weapon offences represent only 0.06 per cent of all reported crime in Scotland.
There have been more deaths and serious injuries caused by dogs.
One could say “The vast majority of people who own dogs in Scotland are law abiding citizens”, so it is logical to admit that there should be a compulsory dog licence of £80?
Clark Cross, Springfield Road, Linlithgow
Coloured lanes could help Sheriffhall traffic
I APPRECIATED your coverage of the problems with Sheriffhall roundabout (‘Call to step up safety drive at worst junction in Scotland’, News, June 29).
I think one solution would be to colour code each of the lanes all the way to their exit. That would make it easier for drivers to know which lane they should be in and what exit they should take.
Raymond Ross, Hutchison Avenue, Edinburgh
Slow progress over pavement parking
I would like to comment on the problems of pavement parking in the capital. I emailed the council about parking on pavements in Dalgety Road; the cars are so much on the pavement, you have to cross the road and try to use the other pavement almost every day.
I received a mail from the council that they were going to look at it and get in contact with me but that was four weeks ago and of course, no one has been in touch.
Graham Black, address supplied
The mystery of the vanishing sandstone
I note with some puzzlement that sandstone cannot be sourced in sufficient quantity to build the new St James Quarter (‘Will St James plan ever be set in stone?’, News, June 30), but a few pages later that the Earthy restaurant at Canonmills is to be replaced by a ‘proposed new four-storey building of brown sandstone’ (‘Campaigners step up fight to stop Canonmills Bridge flats’).
So where is that brown sandstone coming from?
Harry D. Watson, Braehead Grove, Edinburgh
Out-of-date council notices add confusion
As summer visitors arrive, a plea that the council remove all its out-of-date notices on lampposts - and there are plenty of them!
It seems a simple process that when a notice goes up, that should be noted, and when its message becomes out-of-date, it should be removed. Out-of-date notices are confusing and look a mess.
Moyra Forrest , Starbank Road, Edinburgh
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