After cutting the UK aid budget and announcing that it would cut benefits to the poorest in the UK by more than £ 1,000 a year, I thought the Tory government in Westminster couldn’t go any lower; but I was wrong.
You report today that Interior Minister Priti Patel wants our gunboats in the canal to push dinghies overloaded with men, women and children back into French waters when they approach the English coast (“Patel is accused of extortion for migrants,” Der Herold 10. September). It’s inconsiderate, heartless, and extremely dangerous. It’s also likely a violation of international law of the sea.
This conservative government is a shame. It is full of wealthy, privileged, legitimate chancellors who are deprived of the qualities that make us better than the beasts. If the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is to act like this, I would rather take the risk of leaving the country and building a better country that deserves respect not for its power but for its decency, compassion and humanity.
Doug Maughan, Dunblane.
* In your article about the migrant dispute I noticed the sentence: “She is said to have ordered officials to rewrite maritime laws”.
Our Home Secretary seems to think she will get whatever she wants, but that’s incredible.
I would like to think that border guards and seafarers would simply refuse to carry out the proposed instruction to reject incoming boats carrying migrants.
Brendan J. Keenan, Glasgow.
ORDER FROM THE JAWS OF VICTORY
It is not parody that the 20th anniversary of September 11th was marked by a Taliban victory over America. The tribalists who enabled Saudi terrorists to destroy the Twin Towers by giving them bases in Afghanistan eventually forced the superpower to make an embarrassing exit like Saigon. Perhaps it was inevitable from the moment George Bush declared the “War on Terror” – just as Richard Nixon’s “War on Drugs” was an obsession with drugs that pushed drug policy out of the realm of rational debate.
It looked promising at first. The US sent crack troops (Rangers, 82nd & 101st Airborne, 15th & 26th Marines) as did the UK (SAS, SBS, Marines and Paras). When winter arrived in the Hindu Kush, America’s 10th Mountain Division was supported by our winter warfare experts (45 Commando). The Battle of Tora Bora in December saw units of this formidable allied force turn Al-Qaeda and the Taliban into a disorganized rabble who fled to Pakistan or holed up in lonely caves.
The manner in which the West succeeded in wresting defeat from such a victory should be compulsory in any institution that trains military officers and a diplomatic corps. Sure, a coalition of 40 nations staying in the country to create democracy, a free press and educate women was a very “bright” idea, but why would illiterate people want that? Or better said: “Goodbye first – but you allow another terrorist base to be set up and we’ll be back.”
Dr. John Cameron, St. Andrews.
TIME TO CUT THIS AID
THE Taliban have banned women from playing cricket or any other sport that could “expose” them. Cricket today; Which women’s rights will be banned tomorrow? Pakistan’s military and intelligence establishment has had ties to Islamic groups in Afghanistan, including the Taliban, for decades, and provides material and logistical support. The UK must immediately end foreign aid of £ 305 million to Pakistan and £ 292 million to Afghanistan each year.
In fact, the UK gives £ 2.454 billion each year to the top 10 earning countries. The majority hates the UK so we should cut them off and spend the money more wisely to help the people living in the UK.
Clark Cross, Linlithgow.
VOTER ID FOOT AROUND NOTHING
REGARDING a photographic voter ID (“Tory Election Reforms May Discriminate Minorities,” Opposition Says, The Herald, Sept. 8): A few days ago I had to pick up a package from the Royal Mail office. to receive my package, just giving my address was not acceptable.
Certainly the voting process is far more important than this activity, and it is not a great imposition to provide “acceptable” evidence that you are who you say you are.
In this day and age it must be pretty unusual not to have a proper ID, or at least get one fairly easily.
As always, the knee-jerk “liberals” make very little fuss.
Forbes Dunlop, Glasgow.
A NICE LITTLE BREEDER
I wonder if the Tories really thought through this photo ID idea in order to be able to vote.
I think we are always told that it is mostly the older people who choose Tory, and it is this group that is most likely to give up things like passports with a photo.
But I suppose Tories are likely to see the proposal, as usual, from the point of view that the payment for the acquisition of such a document only affects the poorer sections of society, while the rich do not notice the cost and probably keep things like passports updated anyway . A nice, painless, low-income earner.
P. Davidson, Falkirk.
DIAGEOS SNUB TO KILMARNOCK
YOUR article on the opening of the Johnnie Walker scotch whiskey attraction in Edinburgh (“Can Glasgow be inspired by Johnnie Walker in Edinburgh?” The Herald, September 9th) is a must for many in Ayrshire, and in particular for the citizens of Kilmarnock , of which there was no mention, although the whiskey there in the 19th
As far as I can remember, Johnnie Walker had no such link or connection with Glasgow or Edinburgh, and I can only imagine what a boom it would have been for tourism in Kilmarnock if Diageo had had the courage and the vision to create this visitor attraction to establish there. its historic home rather than simply calling it one of Edinburgh’s many attractions.
Alan Fitzpatrick, Dunlop.
HOLYROOD SHOULD FIND PURIFICATION
NOW we know the Glasgow City Council’s response to the ongoing litter and dirt problem our city is inflicting (“Residents urged to contain and tackle Glasgow’s rubbish ahead of climate talks,” The Herald, Sept. 8). The idea is to set up community hubs across the city and encourage people to clean up themselves. Regardless of the real concerns of local residents about the state of their places, this is nothing more than taking advantage of this dire situation. Currently, the Council is panicking over the November COP26 conference in Glasgow, which means the world’s eyes will be on Glasgow and it doesn’t want the world to see a dirty city. Four years of SNP control, what has changed for the better?
This crisis preceded Covid long ago, with years of public service budget cuts, and now the chickens are coming home to sleep. According to the law, the local authority is responsible for keeping the streets clean, not shifting the responsibility onto the shoulders of Glasgow residents, and to make matters worse, bulk haulage is now charged at £ 35 per bulk. Who will be able to afford that? The net result will be more fly tipping and general environmental degradation.
If Council Chair Susan Aitken thinks that Glasgow just needs a bit of a spruce up, she should take a long walk around the east end. That would certainly open her eyes to the state in which the place is.
The short- and long-term solution to this problem is to increase central government funding for local authorities. Aitken City Councilor should ask Holyrood for emergency funds to keep our great city clean and clean. It’s the least we should expect.
Stuart Jackson, Glasgow.
* NEIL Mackay (“SNP’s thin-skinned pretension will be its undoing,” The Herald, Sep 9) implies that Glasgow City Council is solely responsible for the waste. In the photo opposite, the city councils are busy picking up other people’s rubbish.
Margaret Pennycook, Glasgow.
THE LEGACY OF THE TRAGEDY OF GLEN
THE Paisley disaster, when 71 children died at Glen Cinema, has been mentioned by you on a number of occasions, including last week in your “Remember When …” features (The Herald, 7th, 8th & 8th). the 9th of September). This was a deeply sad event for the city that touched so many people.
Obviously it is difficult to find any comfort and benefit from such a traumatic event. However, it was later decided to change the law in several ways, including the obligation to open the doors in such facilities to the outside and to provide push bars that give way to pressure from the inside. The introduction of such measures is likely to have gone a long way in preventing similar tragedies elsewhere.
Ian W. Thomson, Lenzie.
GIVE THE MUSIC A CALM
LISTEN, listen to Mike Bath (Letters, Sep 8) about so-called “background music” and inaudible language from actors. You were kind enough to publish my letter on September 19, 2019 about the appalling, excessive music that has been inflicted on us in television and film dramas, documentaries and the like, which I hoped would have the courtesy of a response from your non- so- distant neighbor BBC Scotland. But in vain – just as similar inquiries in the London newspapers and even an excellent article by a respected journalist were ignored by, among others, the arrogant BBC top.
Such intrusive, obliterating, cacophonic decibels are invariably completely unnecessary to create or add to the drama; and the music chosen is often completely inappropriate, with Mozart’s Requiem being an inexplicable favorite for such abuse. They drown out what we’re trying to hear, even on a wildlife program in Attenborough, while he sotto-voce told us to hear the mating call of an exotic bird in the Indonesian rainforest; and others about our own James Clerk Maxwell (on whose shoulders Einstein said he was, not Newtons), about the rise of the Nazis, about Edinburgh’s New Town and Portillo’s Great Canadian Railways, to name a few.
Certainly the producers, directors and clients of such programs could make and broadcast some on a trial basis without such a musical “upgrade” and with actors who speak clearly for their audience, not as we all speak in normal life. I am sure the reaction from viewers of all ages would be positive.
John Birkett, St. Andrews.