This week’s Letters to the Editor

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This week’s letters page of The Buteman gave readers a chance to have their final say on the general election prior to May 7, and also includes thanks from one of the organisers of the recent charity comedy night.


Lib Dems will oppose loss of liberties

Not many people realise how many restrictions and limitations of the rights, freedoms and liberties of individuals in Scotland are being introduced by the Scottish Government.

On March 4, 2015 we lost our privacy and most of our human rights because the Scottish Government is introducing a compulsory ID card for every individual.

The ‘pensioners bus pass’ will become the Scottish National Entitlement Card which could be linked to the NHS Central Register resulting in a register covering 120 Scottish authorities.

Recently there was a scandal about private information being sold to unscrupulous companies who use the information to target unsuspecting victims.

Do you want to live in a country where your every detail is available on-line to anyone who cares to ask for it?

Ignoring the advice of the Information Commissioner, the British Medical Association Scotland and the Royal College of General Practitioners there will be a unique identifier number for each citizen which can track you from birth to death.

The information held will be available to such diverse bodies as Scottish Water, Prestwick Airport, Caledonian Maritime and the Inland Revenue (tax office).

The Liberal Democrats at Holyrood tried to curtail this Snoopers Charter but unfortunately the vote was lost by 60 votes from the other parties to 65 from SNP.

This last week I have heard varying accounts of how the SNP are going to influence the incoming British Government, be very wary of what you wish for, you could lose everything including any pride you have in this country.

Margaret Horrell

222 West Princes Street, Helensburgh

Coalition parties’ culture of blame

Firstly I wish to thank The Buteman and all involved in a great hustings at the Pavilion, as reported in last week’s issue.

What struck me most, though, was the absolute ignorance emanating from Alan Reid and Alistair Redman with regards to the appalling and blatant culture of blame that has been placed firmly upon the shoulders of the most vulnerable in our society, our disabled.

It is a national disgrace that so called politicians fail to recognise the damage being inflicted by their own policies, policies such as the welfare reforms as voted for by Alan Reid (which includes the bedroom tax- yes, he did vote for it) that firmly place the financial crisis blame upon the neediest.

Mr Reid and Mr Redman ought to be thoroughly ashamed of both their own and their parties’ record with the Labour party in tow.

There is only one party to vote for to avoid austerity max, austerity mega and austerity ultra, and that vote should go to the SNP candidate, Brendan O’Hara.

Hugh Moodie

12 Bryce Avenue, Rothesay

Comedy night: thanks to Bute from Spirit Aid

Could I please thank everyone who came along to the recent comedy night in Rothesay in Aid of Spirit Aid?

Through ticket sales and auction prizes we raised an amazing £1,411 for the charity, and Spirit Aid have asked me to pass on their thanks to everyone involved.

I know they are have been overwhelmed by the generosity of the people of Bute over the years that the community has supported the charity and its work, and this year is no exception.

Could I also please express gratitude to the following who donated auction prizes: Art Windows and Doors of Glasgow, The Port Inn, Howat’s Housekeeping and Property Services, Bute Fabrics, Mount Stuart, Celtic FC, Rangers FC and Manchester Utd FC.

Special thanks go to Bute Tools and the Taverna for tickets sales, Peter Morrison for his wonderful PA help, John Gilmour who sourced fantastic auction prizes and last but by no means least the 292 Club, who gave us the use of the hall free of charge.

Thank you all so much - and here’s to next year!

Ailsa Cassidy

Youth worker, Rothesay Academy

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