Exploiting cost of a vital commodity is shameful

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The energy provision in the UK should be nationalised so that prices may be set and monitored by the administration elected by the voters rather than profiteers who have failed to listen to their consumers, in a blind drive for ever-rising profits. The recent outcry has shown that a new way of supplying energy must be found without delay.

The “review” into energy could take a year and frankly, consumers cannot wait that long. Whenever prices are lower the energy giants are not quick to lower fuel costs, which is a glaring example of double standards in the so-called “market”.

Energy is not affordable to all, which it ought to be. After all, no-one can live without it. A vital commodity is being exploited by a handful of folk, to the cost of the majority of consumers. This leads us to an “us versus them” situation.

Maybe the only way to fight this injustice is for consumers in their millions to refuse to pay, which although unlikely, would compel real change. Energy prices are a rip-off – everyone knows it, even those in Number Ten. Point is, what will they do to help?

Trevor Swistchew, Victor Park Terrace, Edinburgh

We should ban burka to prevent its misuse

Somalian-born Mohammed Ahmed Mohamed, pictured, a terror suspect, has absconded disguised as a woman in a burka.

One of the July 21, 2005 London bombing conspirators eluded initial capture by wearing his sister’s burka.

Ken Clark said that women giving evidence in court should not be allowed to wear a veil because it is impossible to have a proper trial when they are “in a kind of bag”.

Iman Dr Taj Hargey of the Muslim Education Centre Oxford did a great service to race relations when he said that nowhere in Islam’s transcendent text is there any religious compulsion for women to conceal their faces. He points out that it is a pre-Islamic practice and is an archaic aristocratic custom originating in ancient Persia and it is wrong to think of this as a principle of religious freedom or human rights.

Britain must join France, Belgium and other countries in outlawing the niqab/burka in public places before there is another terrorist atrocity.

Clark Cross, Springfield Road, Linlithgow

Independence won’t make us friendless

To reply to E Billingham’s letter (News, November 4), where does this person get the insane idea that 
Scotland would become a small friendless nation in the event of a Yes vote for independence?

Does that imply that the Republic of Ireland, America and any other country that gained their own fully controlling government became friendless?

What piffle!

With regard to being protected by our southern cousins, did not a large number of Scots fall in two world wars and many other conflicts ordered by the London government?

Everyone with a little sense knows that no matter where one might travel in this now shrinking planet, Scotland has always, and always will be, admired for the contributions it has given to the world.

Think again Mr or Mrs Billingham, the people of this land are not as you imply – barmy – and shall make their decision with able minds in 2014.

George Dolbear Robertson, Magdalene Gardens, Edinburgh

Courteous ‘Boy Scout’ came to my rescue

Saturday morning (November 2) I was standing at my usual bus shelter in Picardy Place, waiting for transport into Princes Street, completely unaware that the stop was out of order.

A passing bus driver noticed my solitary anxious figure, stopped a few yards ahead, stepped out of his vehicle, came towards me and courteously helped me on to his bus (number 11, I think).

I was overwhelmed by his kindness. I asked his name – John – and said “I bet you were a Boy Scout?”. He was. Lothian Buses should be proud to have such a caring bus driver in their company. I wish there were more 
people like him.

Thank you, John, you are my favourite “Boy Scout”!

Sylvia M De Luca, Baberton Park, Juniper Green, Edinburgh

Young trustees can give valuable guidance

I have recently joined Young Trustees in Scotland (YTiS). There is a great deal to gain from becoming a trustee. Did you know the average trustee in Scotland is a 57-year-old white male? A statistic we at YTiS are aiming to change.

We would like a younger, diverse demographic joining us. The more young people we have (57 years and younger!), the more they are able to assist organisations with progressive thinking and acting.

What they do now is incredible, all the while enhancing their corporate governance awareness and developing their transferable skills. We need to do more to encourage others to play an active leadership role in the community and on charity boards – by volunteering time and utilising their skills. As a fourth year business student in Edinburgh, I feel fortunate to be given an opportunity to sit on an organisation I am passionate about.

Young people have the potential to offer so much as trustees, and it all begins with finding a cause or an organisation they care about. Their experiences and knowledge is what drives the organisation forward, making them a valuable part of a trustee team.

It is Trustees Week from November 4-10 and with over 1800 voluntary sector organisations in Edinburgh alone, 90 per cent have vacancies. You could be an ambassador for any one of them. This is an opportunity not to be missed. If you would like to become a trustee or learn more information about it, find out more at http://trusteesweek.blogspot.co.uk/.

Halima Durrani, Vexhim Park, The Jewel, Edinburgh