Letters: Only criminals gain from our shoddy justice system

Protesters want convicted rapist Robert Greens removed from his house in Midlothian. Picture: Ian Rutherford
Protesters want convicted rapist Robert Greens removed from his house in Midlothian. Picture: Ian Rutherford
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WHAT has happened to our Scottish justice system? The fact that the police are trying to persuade a ruthless rapist not to re-offend (News, July 5) is utterly incomprehensible.

If he is threatening to go out and look for another victim, shouldn’t he be returned to prison immediately? Isn’t he supposed to be electrically tagged?

He is protected at great expense from a very angry public by the police.

What will happen if the police can’t persuade him not to go out and rape some other defenceless female?

Will they stand by when he pops out and relieves his very hurt feelings?

It would appear that criminals rule society – they are the new elite. Our justice system is a farce and our police are now reduced to pacifying criminals instead of arresting them.

It isn’t surprising the public are enraged. The police are powerless and the legal system protects the criminals. The victims are left with the knowledge there is no justice for them.

George Chisholm, Canning Street, Edinburgh

Good opportunity has now vanished

I AGREE with Lawrence Marshall (Letters, July 9) in deploring the Scottish Government’s abandonment of the Dalmeny chord and Winchburgh flyover from its rail plans.

This is a lost opportunity. Now there will be no new station at Winchburgh, no possibility of diverting trains and reducing disruption when track and bridge work is being done, and no new direct access to the new Gogar interchange from the west.

It’s ironic our Scottish Government can find millions for climate-busting dual carriageways and duplicate road bridges, while they trumpet their green credentials and penny-pinch on public transport, walking and cycling!

Malcolm Bruce, Grigor Gardens, Edinburgh

Governments to blame for mess

I WAS intrigued by Martin Hannan’s statement: “The whole thrust of UK and Scottish Government policy is to combat climate change by weaning us off our addiction to carbon-based fuel” (News, July 10). The Treasury this week announced plans for a series of tax changes to encourage further extraction of oil and gas.

A few weeks ago First Minister Alex Salmond unveiled a strategy for the industry, slipping it a cool £10 million of incentives in the process.

Might I suggest Mr Hannan focuses his ire at these governments rather than “drain clearing firms [who] fell down on the job” next time the climate inconveniences him?

Jason Rose, High Street, Musselburgh, East Lothian

Time to give our drains a check

With no end in sight to the very soggy and disappointing summer, perhaps now would be the ideal time in which to conduct a thorough inspection of the drainage and sewerage systems which serve the city.

With the sight of roads having been turned into rivers and homes that have been flooded, perhaps the antiquated system is no longer up to the rigours of the present day.

Extreme weather events seem to be on the increase and as the misery and disruption that they cause is all too evident it doesn’t matter whether it’s heavy snow in winter or torrential rain in summer, we always seem to be caught off guard.

Investing time, resources and money in trying to safeguard ourselves against the elements might prove to be cost effective.

Angus McGregor, Albion Road, Edinburgh

Track view would be rail good idea

I USED to work on the railways and on some occasions I had the privilege of sitting next to the driver and the thrill of looking along the track as the train sped along.

For security reasons now you can’t see the driver or look straight ahead at the track.

Now with unbreakable glass available, that would solve the security reasons and I am sure many people would pay that bit extra to the privilege to look along the track next to the driver. It could even make the railways some money!

John Connor, David Henderson Court, Dunfermline