LETTERS: Scots voters will vow to repay referendum trick

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THE man who saved the Union, Gordon Brown, is now saying that “The Vow” has not been delivered.

His comments will ignite anger among the Yes supporters who suspected the move was a ploy by the Unionists to stop Scots backing 
independence.

The Westminster Government is falling short on delivery of the Smith Commission on devolution, and the Scotland Bill is watering it down 
further.

Brown was the architect of The Vow, which saw David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband sign a letter promising Scotland extensive new powers.

It will haunt Labour for years to come, that Gordon Brown and the Labour Party played a key role in this bogus promise to the people of Scotland and campaigned side by side with the Tories throughout the 
referendum.

The Vow was empty campaign rhetoric and the feeble Scotland Bill is simply not enough, as we will continue to be vulnerable to the Tories’ ruthless austerity measures, even after it comes into force.

We know we were lied to, so come next May we will throw the Tories out of Scotland.

Don’t let their leader Ruth Davidson fool you. She backs austerity cuts and £12 billion cut in welfare benefits and tax credits to the extent that families in Scotland will be worse of by £1300 a year.

James Hill, Stenhouse Avenue, Edinburgh

It’s time USA changed Second Amendment

REGARDING yet another mass shooting in the USA and President Obama’s response, what exactly is the problem?

The Second Amendment to the US constitution to keep and bear arms is very woolly, with archaic talk of militia. Clearly it had in mind civil guards with Brown Bess muskets.

As happened with the failed scheme of prohibition, Americans should simply amend the amendment and feel a bit safer, like the rest of the civilised world.

Robert Turner, Lauderdale Street, Edinburgh

Heritage campaigners are going over the top

You kindly reported my concern as inspectors arrived to consider Edinburgh’s cherished World Heritage status (News, October 13) that some heritage campaigners risk losing credibility with some of their partisan and more extreme comments.

As if to illustrate my point you included a statement from a heritage campaigner claiming that the 1960s and 1970s were architecturally enlightened compared to today – remember the George Square towers and the St James Centre concrete government office block?

The present Edinburgh was likened to the town being sacked by Henry VIII’s army in the 1540s and the author went on to lambast Unesco for inaction.

All this dramatic hyperbole makes the campaigners’ point, no doubt, but the hysterical tone and refusal to consider other issues alongside heritage detracts from the reasoned debate we need.

Cllr Cameron Rose, City Chambers, Edinburgh

Make sure charities don’t harm animals

Raising money for charity while having fun seems a win-win situation. However, if the money is for medical research involving animals then no-one wins because it causes suffering and the data generated cannot be reliably applied to humans.

One event that funds animal research is next month’s Movember, during which men grow moustaches, raising money for projects concerned with male cancers and mental 
health.

These important health issues should be investigated using cutting edge, human-relevant science. Due to species differences, animal research does not meet this test. One dramatic example is that chocolate is enjoyed by humans, but poisonous to dogs.

Increasing numbers of charities are funding research that is directly applicable to humans. Animal Aid has developed a phone app and a free guide to show which charities use animals and which do not.

For more information about charity-supported vivisection, please visit www.victimsofcharity.org

Jessamy Korotoga, Animal Aid, Tonbridge, Kent

Jobless up, house prices down with SNP

The latest rise in Scottish unemployment to 6.1 per cent is in stark contrast to unemployment falling to 5.4 per cent in the rest of the UK.

In the same week that house prices fell in Scotland and rose in every other part of the UK, will this SNP government finally realise that its threat of another referendum is deeply damaging confidence and investment from families and businesses? The silent majority in Scotland are deeply concerned at the state of the economy under the SNP.

Michelle Smythe, Dalry Road, Edinburgh

Airport convenience comes at a cost

There have been complaints about the trial flight path from Edinburgh Airport. I assume that the people who are opposing the new flight path will boycott Edinburgh Airport and fly from Glasgow, Aberdeen or even English airports – or will they?

Clark Cross, Springfield Road, Linlithgow