Letters: Airport success not visible in chaotic security queues

Airport passenger numbers have risen by 6.8 per cent. Picture: Greg Macvean
Airport passenger numbers have risen by 6.8 per cent. Picture: Greg Macvean
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Yet another story about soaring passenger numbers at the capital city’s airport (News, April 14) and this on the back of the award of Director of the Year given to Mr Dewar.

I wonder if any readers that have already had the misfortune to try and negotiate their way through the new security at a busy time find this news sticking in their throats somewhat, given the chaotic scenes which have become a regular occurrence even before the peak summer months bring with them the thousands of extra passengers.

As an airport employee who has seen his hourly wage rise from £6.50-£6.73 in seven years it also appears that the expansion and financial boom at the airport is not something trickling down to the staff who make the airport run, often working long hours with the uncertainty of zero hours contracts.

A stance by the airport’s owners to insist upon the living wage for all its employees would make a huge difference to the lives of many as well as showing the way as one of the country’s biggest employers.

Come on Mr Dewar, show your staff and the public that your appearance in the baggage hall on a busy day a couple of summers past wasn’t a cynical publicity stunt but that you really value the people who make the airport tick and its ever-increasing customer base.

Name and address supplied

Too many deaths and injuries at Aintree

The 2015 Aintree Grand National meeting claimed its second victim, Balder Succes, who was destroyed on Sunday morning. The seven-year-old gelding had injured his right shoulder as he violently hit the ground during Friday’s Melling Chase.

The news of Balder Succes comes after the death of Seedling, a young horse who broke his neck in the first race on Grand National day. Additionally, Grand National runner, Balthazar King, had to be taken to a Liverpool equine hospital with serious injuries after a shocking fall at the notorious Canal Turn fence during the infamous race.

Aintree remains a deadly arena for race horses. It was not only in the Grand National that we saw chaotic scenes of falling horses but across the spectrum of races that are held at the Liverpool venue. Forty-two horses have now been killed at the three-day Grand National meeting since 2000.

Fiona Pereira, Campaigner, Animal Aid, The Old Chapel, Bradford Street, Tonbridge

Let’s vote for Union.. then bleed it dry!

The Scottish media has been full of Labour, Tory and LibDem representatives united in the view that Scotland will suffer economically in the event that the SNP makes significant electoral gains and the Scottish Parliament obtains full fiscal autonomy.

The only thing that I can take from this is that Scotland must currently be being subsidised to the hilt by the rest of the UK. If this be the case, Scottish voters would do well to vote for unionist parties and hope that the rest of the UK doesn’t notice until the Union has been bled dry!

John Eoin Douglas, Spey Terrace


Set up drunk tanks to help urgent A&E cases

It would appear that Scotland deserves its reputation for hard drinking, with an ambulance being called out to deal with a drunk patient every 21 minutes.

Politicians are now calling for the introduction of alcohol “recovery centres” to divert drunks away from A&E.

Ten months ago the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) said that drunks should not be treated in Scotland’s accident and emergency departments because getting intoxicated “is no accident” and that “drunk tanks” were needed.

Why are our politicians only now reacting? Could it be there are elections pending this year and next?

Drunks are diverting A&E medical staff from more urgent patients.

The Scottish Government must stop talking and give hospitals additional funds to set up these “drunk tanks” and introduce legislation so that “residents” are charged at least £200 for their overnight stay.

Drunks would quickly learn a lesson, but if not they would have £200 less to spend on alcohol.

Clark Cross, Springfield Road, Linlithgow

Anger at Westminster having a say is bizarre

Alex Orr’s letter (Letters, April 11) seems to be based on a series of false premises. Perhaps he thinks that Scotland is now an independent country.

He says, how dare the Westminster government tell the people of Scotland what to do?

I was under the impression that the Westminster parliament was the government of the state that we have just voted to be part of and I also assume that governments tend to make laws applying to the whole state. It would seem that central governments normally decide on referenda, the results of which might cause substantial constitutional change across the whole state.

The nationalist narrative that we are somehow already separate is simply a ruse to further the separatist 

His outrage at the democratically elected government of the day having a say in non-devolved matters and the running of the state seems to be a little bizarre.

Paul Beswick, Tollcross, Edinburgh