Letters: An ill wind will blow if Scotland votes ‘Yes’

Wind turbines. Pic:  Ian Rutherford
Wind turbines. Pic: Ian Rutherford
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The independence vote will be won or lost on two issues – immigration and wind turbines. Alex Salmond wants more immigration but in a poll 69 per cent of Scots said immigrant numbers should be cut and a meagre two per cent said immigration should be increased.

I wonder how the 200,000 unemployed Scots feel about Alex Salmond’s immigration plans?

Selection of whiskies. Pic: PA

Selection of whiskies. Pic: PA

I wonder how those Scots on long social housing waiting lists will feel?

Then there is the growing hatred of wind turbines which do nothing but increase our energy bills despite what the spin doctors, developers and landowners would have us believe.

There will be even more opposition to independence when Scottish voters realise that their energy bills will escalate if they vote “Yes”

The reason?

At present wind turbine subsidies are paid for by all the households in the UK but if the vote is “Yes” then the English and Welsh will refuse to pay for Alex Salmond’s wind obsession.

Clark Cross, Springfield Road, Linlithgow

Knight of road shows chivalry is not dead

I WOULD very much appreciate if your paper can convey my thanks to a white knight of the road and his New Year kindness that proves the age of chivalry is not dead.

On Sunday my wife and I (both pensioners but happily still able-bodied) were returning to Edinburgh late afternoon from a car trip to the Pentlands when we ran out of petrol just off Morningside Terrace.

A young man in an oncoming car saw our predicament and not only helped us push our car to a convenient place but gave me a lift to obtain a jerrycan and petrol, took me back to the car, helped me fill up the tank and then waited until the car had started and we were on our way. How about that for an act of unsolicited kindness?

The only information I have on him is that he lives in Whitburn, drives a Land Rover and works for a thermal insulation firm. I hope he reads this letter and knows that his kindness was very much appreciated.

Richard Jaques, Northumberland Street, Edinburgh

Suddenly I’m in the land of the giants

HAVE they put something in the water? The present young generation, male and female alike, are six-footers and over, and when they board a bus, their heads touch the ceiling!

Good job I’m not in business any more as my last venture was a fashion boutique aptly named Little Women, where I catered for women 5ft 2in and under – with these very tall ladies floating about, I doubt I would survive these days! What are they eating that makes them so tall?

Sylvia M DeLuca, Baberton Park, Juniper Green, Edinburgh Raising a glass to the protection of whisky

A SCHEME to protect Scotch Whisky from fake and sub-standard competitors – announced this week by the UK Government – is welcome news for a booming sector.

The Scotch Whisky industry is worth more than £4 billion to Scotland’s economy and is one of our key international exports. With sales and staffing levels at almost record levels, we have seen significant investment in the sector which will help support growth in production.

However, developing nations such as Brazil and China are keen to diversify and challenge the status quo. The introduction of the Spirits Drinks Verification Scheme will help to reinforce the global strength of the Scotch Whisky brand and fuel further growth in demand for one of Scotland’s most important assets.

Debbie Mayor, Associate Director, Corporate Finance, Grant Thornton UK LLP, Edinburgh

Who will have to pay price of benefit cuts?

THE announcement by David Cameron that pensioners’ income will be protected from inflation for “the life of the next parliament” sounds OK, but you may think, then what?

There is no doubt, as Mr Cameron says, that “other benefits” will be cut, but from whom? The pensioners’ bus pass or winter fuel allowance? Or younger working people who are struggling to make ends meet?

The typical playing one section of people off against another is being demonstrated by the false highlighting of pensioners living it up (they even play bowls or are dancing!).

What level is considered affluent? And who sets that level? Having experienced over the last four years their idea of “level”, we can guess.

Pensioners and people at work must not be taken in by these attempts to get them to blame each other. Pensioners are mums and dads, workers are sons and daughters. Unity is strength.

A Delahoy, Silverknowes Gardens, Edinburgh

Bikes aren’t the only pavement nuisance

your report on the new measures against “antisocial” cyclists (News, January 8) fails to mention that police statistics have recorded a grand total of 20 injuries of pedestrians on pavements over five years – none of them caused by a cyclist.

There are many more ways to behave badly on a pavement: blocking of pavements and pedestrian crossings by parked cars impacting on wheelchair users and prams; dog fouling; loose pavement flags; poorly secured and managed utility works; lorry drivers damaging pavement infrastructure and kerbstones; distracted mobile phone users bumping into other pedestrians.

It would be interesting to prioritise these, based on frequency and impact.

Harald Tobermann, Pilrig Street, Edinburgh