Letters: Pub landlords failing to see the bigger picture

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The Picture House, Cafe Graffiti, Caley, et al has been an entertainment venue since it first opened in 1923. Now, though, JD Wetherspoon has a different vision for the property.

Wetherspoons wishes to debase the much loved and well used venue by converting it into a superpub. Another city centre venue given over to leeching maximum profit ahead of any social amenity, a term Wetherspoons has never thought about, far less acted upon.

The company’s policy is not to have live entertainment. That’s pretty up-front and, ergo, local wishes and feelings count for absolutely nothing. How cynical can you get.

This company is quite open that they only look at the bottom line of any investment. Understandable. But what is not acceptable is their decision to adulterate the Caley and the music scene in Edinburgh.

Please voice your disgust by objecting to the planning application (online or by letter).

Let us hope that the Licensing Committee care more about Edinburgh than Wetherspoon’s do.

Graham Davidson, Edinburgh

Union Flag saved by the Commonwealth

B King (Letters, July 15) is mistaken. Scottish independence would not restore the unusual Union of the Crowns of 1603 (that disappeared in the Union of 1707 and cannot return).

Independence would merely allow Scotland, if it wants, to become a member of the Commonwealth, with the British monarch as its head of state (like Papua New Guinea!)

Steuart Campbell, Dovecot Loan, Edinburgh

Anti-English sentiment fuels ‘Yes’ campaign

My great love of my native Scotland led me once to join the SNP, but I will vote ‘No’.

At a meeting I was cornered by two young Nationalists who told me very clearly and frankly that they didn’t want the support of people like me – I speak with an English accent.

What was striking was that they did not raise their voices or use bad language; they explained plainly and coldly that they detested the English and as far as they were concerned, someone with an English accent was not welcome.

One night about the same time, I was chased down North Bridge in Edinburgh – with its low parapets and its long drop to the ground – by a group of youths, because “He’s English”.

The vast majority of Scots will have no truck with such behaviour. But there are good people in the SNP who, if they are honest with themselves, will recognise that in both of these situations one of Scottish Nationalism’s true faces was revealed.

One in 12 people in Scotland is English. Those, like me, who on that account have been told we are not welcome or put in fear of our lives, value not only all the practical benefits of the Union, but the tolerance and goodwill which are the essence of the United Kingdom and the Better Together Scots.

Michael Upton, South-East Circus Place, Edinburgh

Transparency needed over online ticket sales

I think everyone gets annoyed when tickets for favourite bands or singers go on sale, but then they find the tickets are ‘sold out’ within minutes.

Almost immediately, resale sites like Get Me In, Seatwave and Viagogo advertise loads of these tickets for sale normally at anything from double the price, or like Billy Connolly, way above face price.

Get Me In is part of the Ticketmaster group, so they are passing tickets from one area of the company to another.

These re-selling agents claim that people buy tickets, then find they are unable to attend and that they are offering a ‘service’. On the Get Me In Site they are offering 1410 tickets for sale today. I do not believe that people have bought these tickets, then decided to resell them for profit.

It is against the law to resell football tickets, as you could end up among rival supporters, so if there is one law in place, surely it is about time the re-selling of concert tickets should also be managed.

It seems the politicians don’t want to know. However, there is an e-petition set up, but as there have to be over 100,000 signatures from UK residents, before this can be raised in parliament, us real fans need a bit help.

Over to you at http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/57848

Alun Thomas, Sinclair Close, Edinburgh

Trams halted by taxi driver on the line

Your report “Trams halted by balloons on power cable”, (News, July 15) cracked me up.

I imagined the balloons being taken down, subjected to investigation by council officials without being told what rights they had in the process, and then being suspended from being balloons for two weeks.

Ridiculous? Well, that’s precisely what happened to the female taxi driver who popped into a takeaway food outlet to use the loo and blocked the trams.

Her taxi driver role was taken from her for two weeks – a substantial “fine” through loss of earnings, when she wasn’t even charged with a parking offence in the first place.

Not really funny, is it?

Jim Taylor, The Murrays Brae, Edinburgh