Letters: Mercy on the younger individuals who should reside with out the correct public help we had

I WOULD LIKE to help and complement L McGregor’s Poverty Letter (July 9) with a private story.

My father was born in a Gorbals constructing in 1922 and my mom in one other in Partick a number of years later. Guess you would describe them as “poor however good”, however via private effort after serving within the Royal Engineers in WWII, Dad turned a certified mechanical engineer. Collectively they raised a household of six, Dad was at all times employed and through our youth Mum was a full time housewife and mother. Cash was nonetheless tight; I vividly bear in mind choosing up lead pipes from the home we had been renovating ourselves to alternate for cash to feed us one weekend once we had been stripped. All of us labored; I had a paper tour whereas I used to be nonetheless in elementary college and did ‘pumped fuel’ at fuel stations as quickly as my age allowed at Dumfries Academy. My summer season “trip” at college was spent engaged on building websites and in garages.

My dad and mom produced a household of a schoolteacher, a marine engineer, two docs, a dentist and an expert musician. We had been the primary in our household tree to attend or graduate from school. None of us have ever been unemployed or “on social”, we now have been taxpayers from day one and are nonetheless retired. Personally, I at present pay extra tax on the occupational pension to which I’ve contributed than I obtain within the state pension which I’ve additionally paid. Certainly, I shouldn’t have a state pension.

What I am saying is not to indicate how good my household is, however relatively how fortunate we had been. With out the help of public cash throughout our youth with, for instance, free schooling and entry to it, then relatively than regularly contributing to society as we now have accomplished, we’d have been a drain on this one. We’re an instance, maybe excessive, of what can occur to a household who receives the appropriate assist on the proper time.

Suffice it to say that had we been born within the twenty first century, I believe it’s unlikely that any of this may have occurred, as a lot of the post-war largesse grudgingly granted by the Institution to the Nice Unwashed has regularly been withdrawn. Rishi Sunak and Co reside in a totally completely different world and don’t know what life is like deep down, they really needn’t fear as a result of it doesn’t matter what occurs to the Untermenschen, they are going to themselves be taken care of. Does anybody fancy a free trip in Mustique?

David J Crawford, Glasgow.


It’s actually time that the way in which our well being and social safety system is delivered was radically modified. The frontline workers present glorious service and deserve all of the reward they obtain, however they’re crippled by a system that now not serves their objective.

The delays constructed into the system, evident earlier than the pandemic, can’t be dominated out. Beds are blocked on the hospital because of the incapacity of the social sector to maintain up with demand. It’s clear that one thing have to be accomplished, and refusing to contemplate various techniques is a scarcity of imaginative and prescient and creativeness.

A less expensive and patient-centered method have to be discovered if we’re to develop an efficient well being and social care system for the fashionable post-pandemic period. It’s time to critically think about the deserves of a system nearer to Germany’s, for instance, than to bury our heads and shield “our valuable NHS” because it stands now.

Alan Dickson, Haddington.


IN current editions of The Herald, over the previous seven days there have been articles which recognized difficulties confronted by individuals who tried to acquire their Covid vaccination report by filling out the web request type, and located that after offering the required info, the NHS system rejected the request.

After additional examination of the shape and the questions requested in it, the important info wanted are the varied codes and different identification numbers utilized by the NHS.

If by probability or by association you got the Covid vaccines by your individual physician, the NHS identification codes wouldn’t be current within the system, and subsequently regardless of what number of occasions one tries to beat the system, the one result’s the defeat .

As I’ve now joined the rising listing of members of the general public who want to benefit from the pleasure of touring overseas, maybe due to your letters pages somebody from the NHS will take optimistic steps to rectify this technique fault.

Mike Dooley, Ayr.


NICOLA Sturgeon has spent a lot of her time as Prime Minister making an attempt to place a tartan label on predominantly British initiatives, demanding extra ‘levers’ and elevating hell on the mere whiff of a takeover or a slight takeover of Westminster.

But when she has full freedom to conduct her personal Scottish, correct and judge-led investigation into her authorities’s efficiency towards Covid, she refuses and appears pleased that we’re firmly included in a UK-wide investigation. United.

I ponder why?

Allan Sutherland, Stonehaven.

* Is there a identified treatment for lengthy sturgeon? It is very irritating and simply appears to go on and on.

John Dunlop, Ayr.


CHRIS Keegan (Letters, July 8) berates me for not offering any clarification as to why in depth quantitative easing is viable for the Financial institution of England, however not for a brand new Scottish central financial institution. I had thought that I didn’t must specify it. The pound is a significant world buying and selling foreign money with massive capital markets no matter its present alternate price. However, from the beginning any new Scottish foreign money can be on the mercy of foreign money speculators.

The SNP’s Sustainable Progress Fee makes it clear that establishing fiscal sustainability and debt issuance stability will likely be essential, as will establishing the credibility of the brand new central financial institution. One in all its foremost suggestions features a goal for Scotland’s public debt to not exceed 50% of GDP and its finances deficit to be beneath 3%, with will increase in public spending restricted to “one progress in GDP. sufficiently beneath the financial worth to realize this purpose. “Vital quantitative easing would subsequently not be attainable.

Below these circumstances, I overlook how Mr Keegan’s dependence on our exports (which can face nice uncertainties anyway, since we will likely be separated from each the UK and the UK). EU), might in a method enchant the funds the Scottish authorities will distribute within the battle towards Covid or a future comparable pandemic.

R Murray, Glasgow.


There was a 14 p.c drop in households accepted as homeless. Which implies homelessness has dropped considerably in Scotland since final 12 months.

But your current story (“Pandemic Causes Improve in Use of Momentary Housing for Homeless Folks,” The Herald, June 30) focuses on short-term housing – with out displaying that the rise in use of short-term housing. short-term housing is immediately linked to the success of lowering homelessness.

These briefly accommodated have been accepted for everlasting lodging. They’re on the verge of getting out of homelessness. They’re ready for a everlasting residence to be discovered.

The Scottish authorities has spent billions of kilos increasing the social housing inventory and can spend billions extra. Nevertheless it can’t simply compensate for the decimation of the housing inventory by earlier governments, largely due to the appropriate to purchase.

On this context, the hypocrisy of Labor and Conservative spokespersons, in criticizing the dearth of social housing, is blatant. It might need been helpful to carry them to account. And to at the least point out the drop in homelessness, which in my view ought to have been your angle.

Michael Lloyd, Dunbar.


YOU report the superb information that CalMac dad or mum David MacBrayne Ltd is searching for new expertise to function chairman and non-executive members of its board (“The besieged ferry group is providing £ 300 a day because it seeks new expertise for main roles, ”The Herald, July 9) to assist the group navigate their method via their present troubled waters.

With the tongue just a little on the cheek, might I counsel that to fill these positions, he doesn’t must look past the locations served by his ferries? I’m certain there’s a greater than sufficient pool of hands-on expertise on the market, determined to assist and effectively skilled in combating ferry companies. Presently, board conferences may be hosted by Zoom or comparable, to keep away from any considerations about attendance being disrupted by the continued failures of ferry crossings.

Alan Fitzpatrick, Dunlop.

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