Angus Robertson’s fanciful energy outlook _ your views

" Mr Robertson’s vision of the future seems to be one where Scotland is covered in turbines”

Friday, 9th April 2021, 7:00 am
Wind farms are an increasingly familiar sight in Scotland
Wind farms are an increasingly familiar sight in Scotland

Angus’s fanciful energy outlook

I was left saddened and depressed by Angus Robertson’s vision of the future of power supplies (News, April 6).

Again he produces the SNP myth that Scotland will soon be producing 100% of her power supplies from renewable sources “shortly”. Ironically two pages earlier in the same issue of the News, letter writer Mr Les Reid shows that only 55% of our electricity comes from renewable sources, not 97%.

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Mr Robertson’s vision of the future seems to be one where Scotland is covered in wind turbines producing electricity gladly bought up by the rest of Europe and England (“still dependent on nuclear”).

Well, it seems we too are still dependent on nuclear to the extent of 28% of our needs. Has he noticed that France is still building nuclear power stations?

The other part of Mr Roberston’s vision is of expediting more and more containers "from the Far East”, meaning presumably China principally.

Do we want to surrender our manufacturing industries to a nation that seems determined to become the most powerful in the world?

We should be developing our own manufacturing skills and industries, providing jobs in this country, not being dependent on factories using slave Uighurs. We are apparently unable to build our own wind turbines, ironically.

His vision of the overwhelming importance of Scotland’s location so that he seems to think we will control the trade routes west, north and east of Europe is just a fancy.

Are all the container ships travelling along the "North Sea Route” to Hamburg, Rotterdam and Antwerp going to call into Scottish ports to say hello?

Scotland is indeed going to have to change to keep up with the rapid changes taking place in the world. I suggest that if the SNP are ever in charge, they should put a gag on Angus Robertson.

Neil Mackenze, Grange Loan, Edinburgh.

Students flock to cotton wool course

Some students at Aberdeen University have voted for lecturers to provide ‘content warnings on all subjects that may cause harm to students’, in lecture materials, reading lists and seminars.

Apparently students need to ‘prepare emotionally’ for potentially being distressed by materials which they were not expecting to encounter. They had better not read Shakespeare, Homer, Chaucer or pretty much any history.

What is going to happen when, in the real world, they encounter incidents and materials that they were not expecting? Who is going to provide trigger warnings for them in real life?

Or to put it another way, are we all going mad?

Jill Stephenson, Glenlockhart Valley, Edinburgh.

A £40 cycling fee could help harmony

Cycling Scotland has said that there are 50 per cent more people cycling than before the pandemic. That is certainly good news.

However the chief executive of Cycling Scotland, Keith Irving, said "To get even more people cycling we need to invest more in infrastructure… and more dedicated cycle lanes. "

Wait a minute, Scottish taxpayers have already paid out tens of millions for "dedicated" specialist cycling facilities, so it’s about time cyclists contributed

They can afford expensive bicycles, equipment and some even have cameras on their helmets. Strange that not many can afford a warning bell.

An adult cycling fee of £40 a year would help restore good relations with motorist and fill a few potholes.

Clark Cross, Springfield Road, Linlithgow.