Readers' letters: Why are SNP office holders quitting?

" Imagine an organisation where the treasurer is denied sight of the accounts?”

Wednesday, 2nd June 2021, 11:00 pm
High-profile SNP MP Joanna Cherry has quit her party’s National Executive Committee (Picture: Getty)
High-profile SNP MP Joanna Cherry has quit her party’s National Executive Committee (Picture: Getty)

Why are SNP office holders quitting?

What are we to make of the resignations from office of various SNP office-holders?

They hang on accusations about financial impropriety or at the very least, an absence of transparency on the part of the SNP leadership and particularly its CEO, Peter Murrell, who has been uncharacteristically quiet after the SNP’s election success.

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Three members of the SNP’s finance committee resigned after being refused sight of the party’s accounts which they had requested. The SNP’s Treasurer resigned for the same reason.

Imagine an organisation where the treasurer is denied sight of the accounts? What conclusions would we draw about such an organisation?

And a prominent MP, Joanna Cherry, has resigned from the party’s National Executive Committee because of a lack of transparency by the party’s leadership.

What is even more interesting is that BBC Scotland has maintained its omertà on the subject of divisions and scandals within the SNP

BBC News at Ten (London) briefly mentioned Ms Cherry’s resignation, but there was not a cheap out of BBC Scotland News on the subject.

One has to wonder whether it is only obeying orders.

Jill Stephenson, Glenlockhart Valley, Edinburgh.

Why don’t we just ban all alcohol?

With the news that minimum alcohol pricing in Scotland reduces harm, why don't Sturgeon and Co go the whole hog and ban alcohol, like they do drugs?

As during Prohibition in 1930s America, the enterprise economy would flourish and then they could try to impose a hard border to stop lost souls like me indulging in booze cruises to Carlisle and Berwick. Think of all the jobs that would create!

George Morton, Hudson Road, Rosyth.

Don’t leave your dog in a hot parked car

As temperatures rise, it’s crucial that people know never to leave a dog in a hot car and that they look out for dogs in this situation.

Soaring temperatures can cause animals heat stress and physical harm that can be permanent or fatal. The inside of a vehicle parked in the sun can reach 70 degrees in just minutes.

If you see a distressed dog in a car, take down the car’s details, try to locate the owner, and call local authorities. If they are unresponsive and the dog’s life appears to be in imminent danger, find a witness who will back your assessment of the situation, take steps to remove the suffering animal, and then wait for authorities to arrive.

Stabilise the dog’s temperature by providing water and applying a cool towel to the animal’s head and chest or immersing the dog in tepid water. Then take the animal to a veterinarian.

For more information on keeping animals safe, PETA.org.uk.

Sascha Camilli, (PETA), All Saints Street, London N1.

Now can we stop pavement cyclists?

Police Scotland are to deploy plain-clothes officers on bikes to snare motorists who overtake cyclists too closely. That is ideal.

Now can we have plain-clothes officers walking our pavements to catch cyclists who illegally cycle on the pavement, crash red lights and cycle through pedestrian lights and regularly ignore the Highway Code?

They should also look out for e-cyclists and e-scooters riders.

Clark Cross, Springfield Road, Linlithgow.