This week’s Letters to the Editor

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This week’s pick of letters to the editor includes comments on the pier works delay, views on the upcoming general election, and concerns over the future of dairy farming.


Thoughts on Wemyss Bay pier delay


While the delay to the Wemyss Bay pier works is good news it suggests that the delay does not increase the risk for the fendering. If that were so they would have closed the pier anyway.

Two possible reasons for the delay spring to mind.

First - if one was a cynic - they have bowed to public pressure or at best reflected on their own high-handedness.

Second, that the Belgian company (I ask you!) retrospectively subcontracted the fendering to China (I ask you again!) for the best price.

The fact that it has to be made then shipped in itself would incur a delay.

It is also beggars belief that the fendering has to be made in China.

This is relatively simple stuff. Much of the parts for the refurb of Rothesay pier was fabricated on Bute and there is of course Ardmaleish or Fergusons.

Just some thoughts!

Jim S. Mitchell

St Ninian’s Cottage, Straad

Voters’ straight choice: SNP or Lib Dems


It is quite understandable that with less than three months to go until the General Election, political parties are all manoeuvring to gain maximum advantage.

However, I should like to remind the SNP Government that it has responsibilities of government and not to focus exclusively on party advantage.

We saw too much of this during the referendum campaign. And what have been the consequences?

During the three months after the referendum more than 4,000 patients spent more than eight hours in overstretched accident and emergency departments before treatment.

The SNP has taken its eye off the ball and now even the revised-down target of 95 per cent of patients to be seen within four hours is falling further from view.

Serious consideration must be given towards bringing forward the publication of the Scottish Government’s review into out of hours care.

Not only has the SNP Government centralised the police force, it has abandoned any responsibility for it. Police Scotland has reneged on its commitment to abolish stop searches of young children. More than 90 per cent of these searches on children aged under12 were negative.

Scottish Liberal Democrats call on the police to explain why they haven’t kept their word on scrapping this unregulated and illiberal position.

The SNP has failed to support rural areas.

Argyll and Bute LibDem MP, Alan Reid, was able to get money from the UK Government to help bring superfast broadband to Argyll and Bute.

This money was handed over to the SNP Government. But many people remain frustrated as nobody can tell them when, or even if, their home or business will be connected to

faster broadband speeds.

The choice voters face on May 7 is between Alan Reid, a hard working Liberal Democrat MP who is a local champion, and an SNP Yes man.

Ursula Craig

Rossarden, Shore Road, Cove

Dairy farmers struggling to survive


Has the Rothesay farmer milked his last cow?

Dairy farming on Bute appears to be going the same way as Cowal, while Campbeltown farmers are also struggling as greedy retailers slash milk prices paid to farmers.

It may be cheaper buying bottled water than milk, but it’s not as nice with your cornflakes.

Never mind the cows - it’s the farmers who are being milked dry.

To add to their misery, subsidies from the Common Agricultural Policy to arable farms are being cut.

Rural communities already in difficulty because of the economic situation are facing increasing hardship: could we be facing an exodus like that on St Kilda?

Scotland’s rural affairs minister needs to grab the bull by the horns: the whole farming community is fragile, and the present economic situation is just holding a gun to farmers’ heads.

Next time I buy milk I would like it to be local, fresh and not imported.

Scotland is bearing the brunt of trying to go independent - first North Sea oil, now the crisis facing farmers.

Is Westminster going to make us all suffer for putting them through a referendum?

Quite honestly Scotland was never going to win: after years of being bled dry, now our farmers are being milked dry too.

Stephen Johnstone

Gypsy Rose, Ardentinny