Letters: Don’t axe officers who help us sleep peacefully

Community police officers. Picture: Gareth Easton
Community police officers. Picture: Gareth Easton
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I NOTE with disappointment that some pen-pusher has decided to cut the number of community police (News, September 23).

I find that incredible, and dread to imagine how anti-social behaviour will escalate.

George Osborne. Picture: PA

George Osborne. Picture: PA

I have recently suffered a year of sleepless nights at the hands (or, rather, voices) of a crowd of inconsiderate, workless teenagers who used the flat next to mine as a party venue.

The first two policemen I reported these youths to took no action, and indeed seemed to think I was exaggerating.

The third time I reported the problem, a young community policeman called round.

He read the diary I had been advised to keep, took me seriously and sorted the problem out.

The relief of being able to sleep during the night instead of listening to shouting, swearing teenagers until 5am “24/7” was life-affirming.

A Dudgeon, Montgomery Street, Edinburgh

‘Beauty contest’ that doesn’t attract all

I DON’T care if Prime Minister David Cameron is “feart” or Darling will “tussle on the telly” with Salmond because none of them talks for me.

This new American media inspired phenomenon individualises politics, polarises debate and could turn an important issue like independence into the triviality of a beauty parade.

When Messrs Brown, Cameron and Clegg debated on telly before the last General Election, a shallow element of the electorate thought Nick Clegg not only won the debate, but was also the best looking debater.

Now he is recognised as one of the least trustworthy politicians in Britain.

On the subject of trust, why would anyone trust Alistair Darling who used to campaign against nuclear weapons in Edinburgh before he sold his soul to New Labour and its support of the obscenity that is Trident?

Jack Fraser, Clayknowes Drive, Musselburgh

Is better together not more of the same?

Wombling for welfare joins a long line of brutal measures being brought in by a party which folk from Dumfries to Stromness have consistently rejected in Westminster elections for decades, 1955 being the last time its MPs had a majority north of the Border. Surely this latest attack upon the unemployed – the vast majority of whom are either unfit for work or can’t find any – is yet another reason for us to vote Yes next September?

The anti-independence campaigners can shout “We’re Better Together!” as much as they want between now and the referendum but they’ll still have to explain how “more of the same” is what the people of Scotland deserve.

Kors Allan, Whitingford, Edinburgh

Osborne is last person to lecture us on work

SO, George Osborne wants hard work to be rewarded.

This is fair enough, but Mr Osborne is the last person who should be talking about hard work, considering that he has had a privileged upbringing in a rich family.

He has never struggled in his life, is rich through family inheritance, and everything he has ever had has been handed to him on a plate.

If we are going to be lectured on hard work, I would rather get it from someone who actually knows what hard work is and not a privileged posh boy who has never done a day’s work in his life.

Alan Lough, Boroughdales, Dunbar, East Lothian

United we will stand, divided we will fall

C LAMONT is entitled to his opinion (Letters, September 27), as I am entitled to mine.

I am perfectly aware that the Queen cannot intervene in politics, I said “I wish”.

As for Mr Salmond’s lifestyle, his extravagant and costly journeys abroad have been reported in most papers, no EasyJet for Mr S. At the risk of repeating myself, independence for Scotland?

No, no, no. United we stand, divided we fall.

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

So sad at decline of beautiful Princes St

WALKING along Princes Street towards the West End, I couldn’t believe my eyes to see a Tesco store is going to be opened next to the beautiful Royal Bank of Scotland building – an absolute disgrace.

Hasn’t enough been done to the city for the last six years with the absolute mess of the tram project?

Our beautiful Princes Street is losing its appeal. I am so sad for our city.

J L Clark, Manse Street, Edinburgh

Influence of church must stay out of court

In his letter defending the Kirking of the Court (Letters, October 1) Gus Logan unfairly suggests I am opposed to pageantry.

It is only what Mr Logan himself calls the “important historical links to church and legal system” to which I object.

Our public courts must be and be seen to be beyond any influence by outside agencies especially church leaders who often have strong views on issues that might prejudice a case.

What about a custody case involving a gay parent?

How can the churchman say he brings only pageantry to the ceremony when just that day he has written to the government objecting to marriage equality?

Can’t we have a celebration of our legal system which includes everyone?

Neil Barber, Edinburgh Secular Society, Saughtonhall Drive, Edinburgh