Letters: ‘Tennis tournament receives no public money’

Tim Henman and Greg Rusedski will appear at the event in Edinburgh. Picture: TSPL

Tim Henman and Greg Rusedski will appear at the event in Edinburgh. Picture: TSPL

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ALAN Murphy’s letter of May 29 which states that Brodies LLP is receiving public funding to stage the Champions of Tennis tournament is entirely inaccurate.

Champions of Tennis is being hosted and promoted by Serve & Volley Limited.

Brodies LLP, as headline sponsor of the event, is itself providing funding to enable the staging of the event by a number of public and private sector partners, details of which can be found at www.championsoftennis.com.

Christine M O’Neill, on behalf of Brodies LLP

Some slick work over Scotland’s oil figures

FORMER Labour chancellor Denis Healey has admitted the UK Government underplayed the value of Scotland’s oil.

In 1974, Labour’s figures were massaged to counter the threat of nationalism. Mr Healey said Westminster parties are now worried stiff about losing Scotland’s oil revenue. That’s why they are desperate to hold Scotland in the Union.

In 1974 a leading government economist, Gavin McCrone, wrote a paper which stated that Scotland would have an embarrassingly high tax surplus, but Labour and Tory governments covered it up for more than 30 years. They all lied to the Scottish people.

Now we know why Westminster tells Scots all the scare stories.

J Hill, Stenhouse Avenue, Edinburgh

Who would wed the atrocious scarecrows?

IS femininity dead? Sadly an emphatic yes, RIP.

There is no individuality these days. All we see up and down our high streets are endless black leggings, first worn by the late comedian Max Wall, whose audiences were helpless with laughter at his odd appearance.

Now, the latest fashion disaster, the ugly black leggings are topped by hideous shorts.

No wonder marriage is in decline – who on earth would want to marry these atrocious scarecrows?

Sylvia M DeLuca, Baberton Park, Juniper Green, Edinburgh

Square loses charm with ‘improvements’

I JOIN Margaret Callis (Letters, May 23) in mourning for the Nicolson Square flowering cherry trees, felled in the 2008 refurbishment.

A great number of visitors walk past Nicolson Square on their way to and from town. How many would today remark on the square’s charm? The uniform and boring Japanese rowans, scruffy orange “gravel”, the big black wheelie bin in the middle. Certainly, the clearance affords a better view of the toilet building.

Who dreamed up this “improvement”, how much did it cost – and is there any chance of the destruction being put right?

C S Lincoln, Pentland Drive, Edinburgh

Most of the wealth is still in private hands

HAVE you ever wondered how the wealthy in the past made their money?

Do you think most of today’s wealthy people got it through inheritance?

Do you agree that wealth gives rights of power, privilege, and decision making?

Interesting questions, worthy of research.

We all know the appalling exploitation and working conditions of men, women and children who worked in mill factories, coal mines and on the land, making vast fortunes for the owners.

This in itself begs the question, how did they become owners in the first place?

Owners were also law makers, magistrates and lords of the manor to whom everyone had to defer.

Today the greater part of wealth is still in private hands, although landowners derive massive wealth from leasing.

The wealthy owners of industry have now moved their money mostly into speculative financial stocks and bonds nationally and internationally. They still hold positions of power beyond one person one vote and wield great influence on all aspects of our lives.

Despite these positions of strength, tremendous struggles throughout history by men and women in groups, organisations and a individuals have taken place and will no doubt continue, to change society and make it work for the good of all.

A Delahoy, Silverknowes Gardens, Edinburgh

Apology due for poor weather forecast

THE Met Office has confirmed that Scotland is on course for another rubbish “summer” this year, with constant low pressure dominating the country.

This brings to mind what the “expert” Al Gore said some years ago, that temperatures in Britain would go through the roof because of global warming.

It was also claimed that snow, grey skies and torrential rain would be a thing of the past, and that the people of Britain wouldn’t know what bad weather was any more.

In light of this misinformation, an apology is long overdue, but I think there is more chance of getting a barbecue summer here in Scotland than that.

Alan Lough, Boroughdales, Dunbar, East Lothian

A fond farewell to Dad’s Army warden

I WAS saddened to read of the death of Dad’s Army star Bill Pertwee, 86, who played Warden Hodges.

Bill was a lovely man and he will be much missed indeed.

My sincere sympathies are with his family.

June Fleming, Hercus Loan, Musselburgh