Letters to the editor - 26.09.13

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Kirrie festival

Thanks for the support

Sir - Kirriemuir Festival of Traditional Music and Song has been and gone and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who supported it in various ways.

The sponsors (difficult to find in hard economic times), those who attended the concerts and ceilidh (always room for a few more), the committee and all the others who gave time and expertise in organising and running events.

The guest artistes, the session musicians and everybody else involved in the festival thank you one and all!

The festival went very well in spite of the fact that there seemed to be a shortage of session players, which appeared to be the reason for Scott Allan’s Facebook comment in last week’s Kirriemuir Herald. The incident he referred to was the result of a series of misunderstandings with no offence meant to anyone - our apologies!

Next year’s festival will be on September 5, 6 and 7, so if you can sing, tell a story or play a musical instrument, come along, join in and don’t forget to bring all your friends.

Yours etc.

Patrick Newman,

Festival secretary

Nuclear bombs?

Have we turned a corner?

Sir - The Chancellor, George Osborne, has just announced that we have “turned a corner” as far as the economy is concerned. A chorus of “aye right” can be heard all over Scotland.

Now that we are said to be turning a corner the expenditure of possible £100 billion of our money on upgrading Trident will be considered easy peasy.

London claims that we Scots are protected and defended by the nuclear bomb base in Scotland. I beg to differ. In the whole of the 28 nations in the EU there are only two nations hosting nuclear bombs. One of these two EU nuclear bomb bases is in the UK at Faslane on the west coast of Scotland near Glasgow.

Faslane services and houses Trident. Faslane is the base for four submarines, three of which are at sea whilst the fourth is being serviced and fresh bombs are placed on board.

Each vessel carries many nuclear bombs. Each bomb has 17 times the killing power of the bombs dropped on Japan during the last war.

The submarines can be submerged for six months, furting about secretly in the world’s oceans.

More than two thirds of our 5.2 million Scots live not far from Faslane. If an enemy fired a nuclear bomb, a pre-emptive strike, at Faslane and that bomb was off target by a tiny fraction of a millimetre at the launch, then much of our kith and kin in the central belt would be wiped out whilst the rest of Scotland would be laid waste.

Rather than being protected and defended by Faslane, Scotland is at peril, Scotland today stands at serious risk of being destroyed.

What are the political options for getting rid of this threat?

Before the last general election Annabel Goldie, the then leader of the Tories in Scotland, held a question and answer session at the Queen’s Hotel in Forfar.

One of the questions was “What can the Tories do to put an end to Trident?” Annabel answered by saying quietly: “Labour proposed in the House to spend a lot of money on updating Trident and we, the Tories, supported them.”

Then David Cameron held a similar question and answer session in a kirk hall in Arbroath. Amazingly enough, the same questioner who was at the Forfar meeting asked more or less the same question.

Mr Cameron answered: “I can assure you, if I become Prime Minister, money will be spent on Trident.”

Whether it’s Tory or Labour running the UK our money will be spent on Trident. We are invariably told that spending on updating Trident may be £30 billion. Scots will be taxed to pay for this. Do you consider this a good deal?

The Scottish Government has said that Trident will be “pit doon the road” if Scots vote yes to independence. I suppose that the ‘Better Together’ outfit will assure us that a ‘no’ vote will see to it that we not only keep Trident but we spend an awful lot of money on upgrading it.

Mind you, I have not yet seen the ‘Better Together’ campaign press release explaining how many nuclear bombs will be imposed on Scotland if we do vote ‘no’.

Obviously a ‘no’ vote will ensure Scotland’s share of nuclear bombs will continue to be 100 per cent in Scotland’s favour, whilst the rest of the UK gets no bombs at all.

Yours etc, Jim McGugan

7 The Square, Letham, Angus

STAMP COLLECTING

A heartfelt thanks

Sir - You may remember my name is George Phillips and I am an 84-year-old resident of Manitoba, Canada and a while back I sent a letter to the editor requesting your readers to send some stamps and coins from Scotland in order that I could pass my love of collecting stamps and coins from around the world to my great grandson Tristan, now five years-of-age, so he too may enjoy a hobby that was once popular but fading due to the Internet and such.

The response from your readers was amazing!

If any other readers wish to assist in his collection, they may do so to the below address.

Yours etc. George Phillips

Box 106, Grosse Isle Manitoba, ROC IGO Canada, Phone: 1-204-467-8566