Letters: More washout tennis? You cannot be serious

Champions of Tennis tournament, Stockbridge, Edinburgh. Pic. Jane Barlow
Champions of Tennis tournament, Stockbridge, Edinburgh. Pic. Jane Barlow
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I WAS amazed to read that the Champions of Tennis tournament is set to return to Edinburgh (News, October 18). This is the competition that ended up a damp squib last year because the specially designed roof did not work and rain consequently stopped play.

Fans who had paid as much as £100 for matches did not even get a refund.

Tradesmen fit solar panel 'roof. Pic: comp

Tradesmen fit solar panel 'roof. Pic: comp

The event featured veterans of the sport such as John McEnroe, and his famous words “You cannot be serious” spring to mind for the return of the tournament. The city council’s culture and sport committee are right to have reservations about it, especially if taxpayers’ money is involved.

Rather than give the go-ahead to tournament organiser Serve and Volley, I’d recommend for the council to body swerve this folly.

William Marshall, Dalkeith Road, Edinburgh

Darling has earned right to speak for UK

In reply to Mary Thomas and her wild assertions of who is paying for what in the referendum debate (Letters, October 17) and that Alistair Darling is merely a backbencher – her points are speculative and baseless in fact.

Mr Darling has been appointed chairman of the Better Together Campaign, which is paid for by donations from people, such as me, who don’t want this country ripped apart to massage the ego of Alex Salmond and his ilk.

It has certainly not been paid for by Tories living south of the Border. Perhaps she could explain what all these papers are that the UK Government has produced attacking independence. I’ve yet to see any.

There are thousands of Scots living just over the Border, who have been disenfranchised by the SNP and will not be able to vote in what is arguably the most important poll that this country has had in my lifetime.

She also seems to forget that Mr Darling held the highest position in the land after Prime Minister, made a very bold decision to bail out the banks, two of which were RBS and HBOS, and as a result there are many people in Scotland still in a job, when there might have been untold thousands out of one.

The referendum is for people living in Scotland to decide, not for the Prime Minister of the UK. As the chairman, Mr Darling is more than equal to Mr Salmond and has more than earned the right to debate with him. Only when the SNP presents its white paper, and hopefully it will contain the answers to our questions, can we discuss the pros and cons.

On another point, it is ironic that the Scottish Parliament was set up with the proportional representation voting system so that there was no-one supposedly able to get an overall majority. Clearly this was not the case, and the SNP has been able to push this referendum through.

Now we have to wait 11 months so Mr Salmond can attend the Bannockburn anniversary. No doubt he’ll get his friends at the BBC to broadcast Braveheart on the eve of the vote.

Mike Sanders, Caiyside, Edinburgh

Solar panel fitters put up others’ fuel bills

EVERY time wealthier householders fit solar panels to their roofs, the companies which supply them energy lose business.

This loses these companies ever-increasing amounts of profit .

Those of us who can’t fit solar panels and who have no choice but to keep buying their electricity have to keep paying more and more for it as the company directors move to restore lost profits, pay out annual dividends to their majority shareholders and pay themselves the substantial management performance bonuses that they always universally feel are essential for securing the best long-term interests of their companies and their shareholders.

The claims of these directors, that their never-ending price increases are brought about by necessary business investment which will benefit us all in the long term are nonsense.

As they know, all of us who have to buy will just have to stump up, no matter how much they decide to charge us in the future.

Gordon Lothian, Restalrig Gardens, Edinburgh

Another Tory attack on our public assets

ONCE again the Tories have made another concerted attack on our major public assets as a centrepiece for their “economic reforms”.

At first it was our NHS services and now it is the Royal Mail which is being sold off to the private sector. It will certainly mean higher postal charges and staff redundancies.

Rural areas will obviously be hit very hard because most of the Royal Mail services will be operated around the major cities.

As the primary duty of the private sector is to maximise shareholder value, redundancies are certain as a result of services being reorganised in such a way to make sure the Conservatives’ friends will get their ill-gotten profits.

Chas Dennis, Niddrie Marischal Road, Edinburgh

Action is needed to build power plants

It is concerning that there is a growing risk of power shortages in the UK over the next ten years, according to a new report (News, October 17).

As the Royal Academy of Engineering revealed, the closure of older power stations, and also the slow progress of building new ones, was likely to stretch the system close to its limits.

It’s bad news that the supply is particularly expected to come under strain in the winter, as the National Grid has warned of a higher risk of blackouts.

Let’s all keep our fingers crossed and hope this does not come to pass, either now or in future. Immediate action is needed to build new power plants without delay.

June Fleming, Hercus Loan, Musselburgh, East Lothian