Letters: Sue bridges gap between sectors

Sue Bruce has a deal with SSE as well as the city council. Picture: Julie Bull

Sue Bruce has a deal with SSE as well as the city council. Picture: Julie Bull

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Further to your article on Sue Bruce (News, August 7), at Institute of Directors Scotland we believe that strong corporate governance is essential for companies and public authorities no matter what their size.

For too long there has been an invisible dividing line between the private and public sectors in Scotland and IOD has worked hard to remedy this by promoting more joint working between the two.

The recent appointment of Sue Bruce, chief executive of Edinburgh City Council, as a non-executive director to the board of one of our premier Scottish companies is to be applauded.

This is exactly the type of cross-cultural sharing between the public and private sector that we would like to see more of. Sue Bruce’s appointment is testament to the high regard in which she is held, not just in Edinburgh, but in her previous job as chief executive of Aberdeen City Council where she brought stability to the council after a particularly rocky period.

It is worth noting from your own article that the original SSE contract with Edinburgh City Council was put in place in 2002, nearly a decade before Sue Bruce took up her appointment. Again, she has made it clear she will play no part in the award of this contract when it comes up for renewal.

If appointments of this kind allow an articulate voice on behalf of communities and those delivering public services to be heard among private sector and commercial interests, it is a good thing.

If those running our public services are more aware of the needs and methodologies of the commercial companies providing those services, it is a good thing.

All of us in the community rely on good public services being delivered in an efficient and effective way. For that to happen we need more people like Sue Bruce who can contribute their substantial experience in corporate and public life so that everyone benefits.

Ian McKay, chairman, Institute of Directors Scotland, Abercromby Place, Edinburgh

Turbines don’t deliver pledges

The UK is in an economic crisis yet has spent billions of pounds on wind turbines which do not do what was promised.

On August 8 the grid metered wind capacity (on and offshore) of 7136MW was only producing 60MW.

Countries in Europe and abroad are turning off the renewables subsidies tap because they cannot afford them.

Politicians were stupid enough to listen to the renewables industry with their vested interests.

Turbines will reduce CO2 they cried – research proved that they do not. Jobs for British workers using British products and a new “industrial revolution” they cried.

A £1 billion offshore wind farm off Lincolnshire was built with turbines from Denmark, a French company manufactured the cables in Germany and Norway, the foundations were made in Holland and foreign labour was employed.

Well-paid teams of experts from Sweden and Germany are flying in to Humberside Airport to carry out regular maintenance.

Turbines have not created the 30,000 British jobs promised but instead devour subsidies.

Clark Cross, Springfield Road, Linlithgow

Brown worst PM and Chancellor for years

The letter from Chas Dennis suggesting that Gordon Brown was/is a politician who stands head and shoulders above Alex Salmond and David Cameron (News, August 5) must rank as the biggest load of claptrap he has written.

Perhaps Chas could let us know his political affiliations. Could it be he is a card-carrying member of the Labour party, and now, it would appear, cheerleader for possibly the worst Chancellor and Prime Minister of the last 50 years? Gordon Brown may maintain that he is not in it for the power but he is certainly in it for whatever money he can make out of it.

As Chas says, Gordon Brown has not given up hope of Labour returning to power. Well, I have not given up hope of winning the lottery, so maybe it will work out for both of us.

Douglas Gordon, Liberton, Edinburgh

Ed is the in pockets of militant union bosses

ED “the red” Miliband’s Euro candidates have union links. Of the 74 standing in next year’s Euro election, 47 are backed by the unions.

This is proof Ed Miliband is still in the pockets of militant union bosses such as Unite’s Len McCluskey.

Vote Ed, get red.

J Hill, Stenhouse Avenue, Edinburgh

Will my council tax be treated like Hearts?

REGARDING your article on Hearts’ debts (News, August 1), could someone from the city council enlighten me as to why it is owed £90,000 and how the debt was accrued and on what?

And would they let me do the same with my council tax? I eagerly await a reply.

James Sherry, Northfield, Edinburgh

Zoo deserves these generous donations

IT is welcome news that donations to the Five Sisters Zoo in West Lothian, in which a number of animals sadly perished, have topped £90,000 according to bosses at the visitor attraction (News, August 5).

Tragically the fire in the tropical house at the zoo in April killed every creature in the enclosure, which housed many reptiles and also small mammals.

Staff were overwhelmed with donations following the blaze.

As every penny will go towards the construction of a new tropical house, the zoo truly deserves all the help possible. Praise to all who donated to the zoo fund.

June Fleming, Hercus Loan, Musselburgh