Refugees appear to be jumping queue for help

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I have major concerns with Syrian refugees coming to Edinburgh and indeed Scotland as a whole, (“City rushes to aid refugees”, News, November 18).

Whilst I am certainly in favour of helping refugees, I have major concerns over their arrival in Scotland. From the many reports I have seen in the media it would appear that they are going to be given access to employment, expert medical care and housing amongst many other things.

Why is it that as a British citizen and someone who has paid tax I am entitled to none of these things? I have Asperger’s syndrome which can make life for myself a little difficult at times. However I have received very little help from the state or indeed anyone regarding this disability. At present I am struggling to find meaningful employment. Why is this access to employment not being offered to me? If I want to see a GP I now have to wait almost four weeks. Why is it that Syrian arrivals are being given access to expert medical care?

I am also aware that many of our own ex-service men and woman are sleeping rough and are not getting treatment for mental health issues. Many ordinary citizens are having to rely on food banks and having their benefits curtailed or cut.

Surely the SNP and the Scottish Government should be helping their own people first? If they can sort out the above problems first then I would certainly be willing to accept more refugees into Edinburgh and indeed the rest of Scotland too, but until our own people are seen to be looked after then I personally don’t wish to see any more refugees arriving in Scotland.

Mr Alastair Macintyre, Webster Place, Rosyth, Fife

Don’t let touts stop you getting tickets

We’ve all been there at 9am on a Friday desperately trying to buy tickets to see the band we love, only for the show to sell out in record time. And then, as if by magic, tickets appear on the secondary market within seconds. Oh, and they’re now seven times the price you should have paid.

It was quietly announced earlier this month that Professor Michael Waterson will be chairing a review on the resale of events tickets. If you wish to have your voice heard, you must act immediately – the deadline for submissions is today.

You can e-mail ticketing@culture.gov.uk. The more personal you can make your e-mail, the better.

Allegedly, many ticket agencies have sophisticated computer programs that let them into the main ticketing web sites before the tickets are officially due to go on sale. Often individuals are allowed to purchase a maximum of six tickets per credit card, but they can, by using several credit cards, order far more than this. If agencies have 100 people doing this, it is little wonder all the good seats are gone before the real fans get an opportunity to go online.

The people working for these agencies then re-sell them to their sister companies, who then can put them on their sites within minutes of tickets officially going on sale.

The government stopped Olympic Games tickets being resold, and it is illegal for individuals to resell football tickets, however they seem unwilling to stop these reselling sites from overcharging on concert tickets.

As I mentioned earlier, music fans have to get their e-mails off now. Don’t let the touts win.

Alun Thomas, Sinclair Close, Edinburgh

Tram line extension is luxury we can’t afford

We might’ve known that residents would end up paying for the proposed tram extension. Picking on Lothian Buses passengers seems like a pretty low move to me. There must be a better solution than hiking up prices for hard-up people who possibly have no alternative to public transport.

The council at the moment cannot afford to maintain the basic services required of it. They are making thousands of employees redundant in order to save cash. And yet they are still determined to push on with plans to extend the tramline. Where are their priorities? Don’t schools and libraries and well-maintained buildings come first? How about public toilets? Potholed roads? Finding money for all of these things would benefit far more people than extending the tram line.

The city’s obsession with the trams is becoming ridiculous. They are a luxury we cannot afford during this time of austerity and until fortunes pick up we need to leave them well alone.

G Fraser, Stockbridge, Edinburgh

Making political point from Paris is disgrace

I was totally disgusted to read the letter from Stephen Midgley (News, November 18).

How or why anyone with an ounce of humanity could seek to make political gain out of the horrifying events in Paris is completely beyond my comprehension.

Is there perhaps a stone in West Calder that Mr Midgley could crawl back under?

D McBain, Baberton, Edinburgh

Design gives ‘shelter’ whole new meaning

I agree fully with John Fyfe (Letters, November 18) regarding the new bus shelters.

The key issue is the word “shelter” which appears to have been ignored totally when choosing this new design.

Joyce Watson, Longstone Road, Edinburgh

Better options than DIY dentistry, Kenny!

What a tumshie Kenny Richey is, trying to pull his own tooth out (News, November 2)!

I’m sure in America they will have places where people train to be dentists and look for volunteer patients – go Kenny, go!

Failing that, I am also sure that they have various church organisations that could help in some way. New inspiration – go find Jesus.

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