I noted with interest your editorial column regarding the absence of any honour for Andy Murray in the Queen’s New Year list (News, December 30).
Even though I feel he has done as much, if not more, as others who have received knighthoods and the like, I’m actually relieved that he has not been honoured in this way. Such accolades should be kept for someone at the end of, or at least near the end of, their career and reflect their achievements over that length of time.
Winning one tournament or bike race, however prestigious and historic they might be, should not automatically result in a knighthood.
I’m sure Andy Murray will not be bothered in the slightest and would no doubt be embarrassed to hear “Game, set and match, Sir Andy Murray” being announced on court.
In any case, he’s sure to win many more titles and grand slams before he finally hangs up his racquet. When that time comes – and only then – should he receive a call from Buckingham Palace for the “big one”.
Allan Davidson, Gogarloch Haugh, Edinburgh
Labour failings are reason to vote Yes
Scotland chooses in 2014, and so far the “No” campaign has set out no vision for Scotland, opting instead for “business as usual”. This is not good enough.
Labour, long “separated” from socialism, has no credible alternative and has seen people defect left, right and centre as more Labour voters see the party fail to oppose the coalition.
Whatever the No campaign claims, all one has to do is recall their history and lack of action or initiative under 13 years of Blairite policies.
That’s why folk should embrace independence.
Trevor Swistchew, Victor Park Terrace, Edinburgh
Install defibrillators to prevent tragedies
As calls are mounting for life-saving heart equipment to be installed at all community and sporting facilities in Scotland in the wake of the tragic death of teenage footballer Jamie Skinner (News, December 26), I feel installing defibrillators would be a step in the right direction.
This equipment is much needed at sporting venues etc and should be at hand if anyone should suffer a cardiac arrest.
Let’s hope it comes to pass soon.
June Fleming, Hercus Loan, Musselburgh
Come on secularists, what’s your stance?
Ken Welsh is on the mark when he castigates the profusion of recent letters and articles by secular activists (or “zealots” as some might call them) to downplay the primarily Christian-inspired festival we have all just passed through and most of us enjoyed.
Neil Barber, a local secularist organiser, whose articles and many, many letters I read carefully, should cease pretending that he just seeks a secular society in Scotland and be candid enough to admit that his real stance is one of anti-belief.
Come clean with us, Neil, we have all read your letters!
Gus Logan, York Road, North Berwick
‘Uncle Bill’ was the man for road safety
Your front page story about the end of road safety education for schools had an error – the photograph of the police officer used to illustrate the article.
The photograph is of PC35, ‘B’ Division, Gayfield Square, the late James Kidd of Carrick Knowe. I have this from a very reliable source, his daughter Moira, who told me her dad (my father-in-law) was never involved with road safety education. He was better known as one of the bobbies on The Mound directing traffic, including trams. Road safety was the responsibility of a police constable known to the kids as “Uncle Bill”.
Howard Hart, Dovecot Road, Edinburgh
Osborne policy has not been thought out
GEORGE Osborne says the days are gone when people get to lie in bed whilst their neighbour goes out to work.
So, does this also apply to genuinely disabled people who need 24-hour care because they can’t do anything for themselves?
In order to score “brownie points” with people whose taxes pay for this 24-hour care so as to win votes, I take it that Mr Osborne wants those people dragged out of their specially-adapted beds and put through humiliating “fit for work” tests, just so he can look good in the eyes of the people?
Yes, George, you have really thought this one through, haven’t you?
Alan Lough, Boroughdales, Dunbar
Historic cinema loss is sad day for Capital
I WAS saddened to read that the former Scotia Cinema in Dalry Road is to be demolished (News, December 31).
Given its position as Scotland’s second oldest cinema, I would have thought that something could have been done in the past to try and get it listed so that such a part of the Capital’s history could be preserved for future generations.
I’m glad the site will be used for something as useful as student accommodation but I have to admit that I dread the prospect of yet another soulless, identikit, glass-covered building springing up on the Edinburgh landscape. Oh, for a building in keeping with our classy past.
Alex Glass, Burnbrae, Edinburgh