Letters: It’s time Scottish rugby sang to a different tune

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Taking into account that Italy is an emerging rugby nation, Scotland is now the worst team in the Six Nations championship as well as having the worst playing pitch and in my opinion the worst anthem – it’s even worse than God Save The Queen, and that’s saying something.

The other four nations have uplifting and inspiring anthems that give the players a boost before the game.Flower of Scotland is a pleasant folk tune, something that you sing at an SNP conference.

I suggest the Government set up a competition nationwide for composers to write a suitable inspiring anthem and that along with the new playing pitch and new coach, Scotland’s rugby team can be a force in the game again.

I know it will take more than that, but at least it’s a start.

George Ritchie, North Gyle Terrace, Edinburgh

Independence will put Scotland on back foot

In the event that the residents of Scotland vote for independence in the referendum in September, do Alex Salmond and his supporters honestly believe that the UK Government, the European Union and other countries will roll over and let their bellies be tickled by him?

An independent Scotland will be that – independent. It will have to stand on its own two feet, make its own decisions and expect nothing in return from others. That is the way things are when you divorce.

Everybody but those wanting independence now accept that entry to Europe will not be automatic. An independent Scotland out of Europe will have problems. No grant funding or subsidies. No tax and trade free relationships. No free European movement. Member states will not have to give an independent Scotland the opportunity to compete on equal footing for contracts.

Scotland will have to set up a system of border and customs controls with import/export tax handling regimes. What currency will it use if the UK does not allow the use of Sterling and it can’t use the euro as it is not a member country?

Companies that currently operate across the whole of the UK will have to set up separate operations in Scotland and the rest of the UK. How many will move their main offices to the rest of the UK, where over 90 per cent of the population (and the market) live?

Independence is a dream worked out on the back of a confectionery cigarette packet. Let’s not wake up to a nightmare.

James A Mackie, South Road, Garmouth, Morayshire

Scott Johnson deserves a good dressing down

WHILE we are all saddened by the devastating defeat of Scotland in their match against Wales, what depressed me even more was the attitude and behaviour of the interim coach Scott Johnson.

From the start of the game, long before the unfortunate sending off of Stuart Hogg, he was slumped in the corner of the coaches box, dressed as usual in his shabby-looking navy fleece.

What a contrast to the opposition bench. I can’t believe he is to stay on coaching.

Mrs Joyce E Pitt, Beechgrove Drive, Perth

Losing the plot on sticking to deadlines

I was recently awaiting a parcel delivery from a national courier company and had received a text to inform me that the parcel was scheduled for delivery between 10 and 11am.

I needed to go out and could not leave before it arrived as a signature was required. Therefore I was delighted to see the courier vehicle arrive outside my office at 9.40am.

I waited but he didn’t move so I went to his van window, thanked him for being timely and mentioned that I was rushing to leave the office but he informed me that he could not give me my parcel. I thought he was joking but alas he wasn’t.

He politely explained that he could not give me my delivery even one minute before 10am. He was very embarrassed but explained that he could lose his job if he did.

I offered to call his company and explain that I was delighted that he was early but to no avail.

At 10am precisely he walked up to my door with my parcel – what an absurd situation. He could have easily got delayed en route from my office to the next delivery point.

Have we lost the plot somewhere?

Jo Hume, director, Allwarm Products Ltd

Have trams made bus users second class?

It’s great to see the trams – at last! I travel on buses five days a week to and from work on a reliable, clean, comfortable route with three buses available, and as the tram will not be running on my route until Haymarket, I cannot see that I would have need to use one other than to say “I’ve been on a tram!”

What I have noticed, however, in this project costing millions, is that there is a distinct lack of shelters for bus travellers. There are NONE in Shandwick Place or in Haymarket, outside the revamped Haymarket Station.

There is, however, a very stylish, large shelter (with seating) for tram users! Have bus passengers become second-class citizens, as that’s certainly how it looks – and I know I am not alone with that observation.

Let’s not forget the citizens of Edinburgh who have suffered for years and had to endure a tour of the city on an otherwise straightforward journey to work and, at the very least, provide some shelter from the Scottish elements. It’s not all about the tourist.

Lesley Henderson, by e-mail