Letters: Football clubs must learn to pay taxes

Hearts have been placed into administration. Picture: Ian Rutherford
Hearts have been placed into administration. Picture: Ian Rutherford
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IS THERE any other reader out there who is fed up with football teams that fail to pay their taxes? A club that fails to pay its taxes is, by definition, playing the game subsidised by the taxes of those who do pay, and that has to stop.

Hearts and Rangers aren’t the only ones who have failed to meet their statutory tax obligations by a long chalk.

The sooner the authorities get tough, and act to call in all outstanding professional football-related tax debt the better. A first step in the right direction would be SFA unflinchingly enforcing a rule that all professional clubs should demonstrate they have no tax debt before they can commence a season: no exceptions and no negotiation – and for the SFA to publish a list of clubs falling out of the leagues each year because they have failed to meet this condition.

Can’t pay? Then don’t play ... and please don’t give me all that guff about local income, and thus taxes, generated by football-related activities – thousands of companies in Scotland generate collateral public and private finances, and they still manage to pay their taxes on time.

It’s about time our pampered sports teams did the same.

David Fiddimore, Nether Craigwell, Calton Road, Edinburgh

Elect a candidate who is not in the coalition

TOday the first council by-election takes place, following the sad loss of Tom Buchanan, in Liberton/Gilmerton.

In democratic society a good opposition is required at any level of government to try to make the ruling party or coalition more accountable or answerable for their actions.

Two of the remaining three councillors in this ward are part of the existing coalition which already has a sizeable majority, and I hope the voters recognise this when going to the ballot-box, and elect a good local candidate from outwith the coalition.

In recent weeks this paper has included numerous articles critical of the council’s actions, and these include: reneging on green energy policies, asking existing council workers to pay £59 each to obtain clearance that they can work with “vulnerable groups” (other councils realise that this is a cost councils should bear), proposing a class of 46 children in a primary school, disregarding feelings of the locals regarding Leith Waterworld and so on.

Hopefully the electorate will return a councillor who can augment the opposition ranks of Liberal Democrats, Tories and Greens and show that the public are not happy that the council currently does as it pleases, and send them a message that they should be acting in the interests of the Edinburgh population.

M Gray, Craigleith, Edinburgh

Council is committed to listening to public

REGARDING the letter “Leader is not living up to manifesto promises” (News, June 18), I stand by my commitment to fairness, accountability and responsibility in the council but make no claim to superhuman powers or the ability to change everything overnight.

Our commitment to 53 specific pledges and our determination to be judged against them has shown an openness rarely seen in politics. Achievements such as introducing the living wage for council staff and changing the way we do business, sets this Capital coalition apart.

I’m under no illusion that we can please all of the people all of the time but I am 100 per cent committed to listening to the public and being accountable to them. I expect criticism and being held to account but can’t say I’ll always agree with or change my mind with every challenge.

I do hope people realise I have an open door in terms of hearing their views and try to have a constructive dialogue whether through meetings, social media or the pages of this paper.

Cllr Andrew Burns, council leader

Madam ought to be praised for enterprise

GOODNESS me, what a stooshie – Edinburgh in high moral outrage anent Madam Trish’s establishment in Grosvenor Street.

If the authorities had a smidgin of common sense they would legalise brothels, which would bring them under a regulating authority.

The ladies and their clients would then be in a safe environment, with proper health inspection and open to taxation.

Instead of penalising this lady, she should be complimented for her enterprise. She has improved the retail economy wrecked by the tram. All strength to her entrepreneurial skills. We need more like her.

James W Milne, Parkgrove Crescent, Edinburgh

Father’s Day ruined by mobile menace

FOR Father’s Day, our son took us to see Man of Steel at the VUE at Greenside Place, Edinburgh.

I would like to say thank you to the idiot who ruined the film for everybody by spending the entire duration of the film playing with his mobile phone.

We now live in a day and age where some people are so addicted to their mobile phones that they don’t even have the manners and decency to live without them for the duration of a trip to the cinema. For them their mobile phone takes precedence over the lives of other people.

Alan Lough, Boroughdales, Dunbar

You don’t need to be a member to support

ReGARDING the letter from Gus Logan (News, June 18).

What difference does it make how many members the Edinburgh Secular Society has? I am not a member but am in support of its petition.

K Engleman, Greenbank, Edinburgh