SOME of us remember how previous Key Minister Margaret Thatcher favoured the uncomplicated journey she acquired from sympathetic interviewers these as DJs Terry Wogan and Jimmy Youthful. She would avoid the likes of David Dimbleby, Alastair Burnet, Robin Working day and Robert Kee like the plague.

I was reminded of that viewing Oprah Winfrey interviewing Mr and Mrs Harry Windsor, with the latter’s actress capabilities in complete display screen – the exaggerated appears of shock and stage-managed gasps of indignation and the repetition of important sentences for entire influence.

One craved looking at them interviewed by a grand inquisitor like Jeremy Paxman, Andrew Marr or Andrew Neil. They would have leapt on rehearsed statements these kinds of as “I required to die”, “the English tabloids have been all racist” and “racism stopped Archie getting a Prince”. Those a few would not be fazed by Meghan’s default place that criticising her marks you out as racist, sexist or misogynistic.

ITN, which poorly misjudged the public temper, experienced assured us there would be a 100 million US Television audience, even a lot more than the US Tremendous bowl, Mary Nightingale emphasised.The audience was 17m. In the Uk it arrived in at much less than Gavin And Stacey.

Netflix will watch those figures with trepidation.

John V Lloyd, Inverkeithing.

STURGEON WAS Tranquil AND Apparent

IAIN Macwhirter should have listened to a distinct oral proof session from Nicola Sturgeon than the one particular to which I did past Wednesday. His report (“Salmond blasted a blunderbuss, Sturgeon utilized a subtle knife”, March 7) focuses seriously on a incredibly small period of time of the session in which the Conservative Murdo Fraser recommended Ms Sturgeon should really apologise for her earlier guidance of Mr Salmond. Ms Sturgeon dealt with that alternatively questionable issue with self-restraint.

Prior to and soon after this make any difference Ms Sturgeon calmly and clearly answered queries put to her for seven several hours. Her endurance must have been sorely attempted when a variety of members of the committee consistently questioned the exact issues of the 1st Minister. All ended up dealt with politely and successfully.

Eileen Michael, Ralston.


Yet another posting from Iain Macwhirter on the Alex Salmond/Nicola Sturgeon difficulty. Might I suggest to Mr Macwhirter that other subjects he may well have devoted his column to include things like the £2.6 million which was used on Downing Street refurbishments, the £340,000-in addition authorized fees paid out to Sir Philip Rutnam concerning promises of bullying by Priti Patel (who is however in put up after currently being uncovered to have damaged the ministerial code) or the reality that the SNP welcomed 10,000 new users to its ranks within two times of Ms Sturgeon offering evidence to the Holyrood committee.

Ruth Marr, Stirling.


Viewers need to be nicely aware by now that Dr Gerald Edwards detests the independence motion, directing his hearth largely at the SNP which, if any of his invective is to be taken seriously, would have to be aiming to develop an unbiased condition in which it would govern unopposed.

He describes now (Letters, March 7) that for independence to be credible Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP have to reveal better requirements than other functions and be “outside of reproach”. What a load of utter tripe. The credible case for independence has nothing to do with Nicola Sturgeon or the SNP and all the things to do with the democratic deficit which denies the Scottish nation political self-willpower.

Willie Maclean, Milngavie.

WE Need to have SO Much Improved

NO, Gavin Ferguson (Letters, March 7), Nicola Sturgeon is not becoming ripped down about a “procedural anomaly” – if you can call misleading parliament and the people of Scotland an “anomaly”. She is being ripped down as this is the end result of a disgraceful expression in energy the place she has trashed virtually each and every facet of Scottish daily life. Only the judiciary and civil support had been still left and she has now trashed them also.

The pandemic and the Salmond/Sturgeon affair have, conveniently for this regime, positioned on the back-burner, her woeful history on education and learning: why not publish the OECD report now as opposed to June on Police Scotland, a £60m black hole on GP surgical procedures close on the highest drug fatalities in Europe on little one starvation on homelessness, on self-importance projects these types of as Prestwick and BiFab costing taxpayers a lot more than £300 million, on ferries not able to be finished and at triple price tag on a new healthcare facility lying empty on the named individual scheme and on and on and on. All of these, as without a doubt verified my Ms Sturgeon in September 2016, are of lesser significance than independence.

This is a routine exactly where each factor of our life has been sacrificed on the altar of separation simply because destruction of the United kingdom is the precedence. We require, we demand from customers so considerably far better than this. That Scotland has been so ruined is a shame and I earnestly hope “the persons of Scotland” will assure the cancer of nationalism is destroyed further than maintenance in May well. Nationalists plainly are content with a sub-normal govt, the relaxation of us are not.

Douglas Cowe, Newmachar.

NO BREXIT Disaster But

Soon after all the hyperbole from the SNP of cliff edge, catastrophe and disasters if we still left the EU, it is reassuring to know and see that the wider United kingdom Govt has secured adequate vaccines for all of us in the British isles and we now see distinct signals the vaccine is attaining the upper hand versus the virus since leaving the EU, also that the US-imposed 25{540ccc4681f92a8237c705b0cdebbb9da373ec200da159e6cc1fd9f393be00be} tariff imposed on Scotch whisky while staying component of the EU, which cost our market £500 million in company, has been lifted as a consequence of currently being exterior the EU tariff wars.

It appears to be we are improved off outdoors the tent.

Distinction this with the vitriol concerning which SNP Initially Minister advised the most/minimum lies and the fanciful statements by SNP propspective candidate Toni Giugliano that we can double our pensions with SNP, it is obvious that even though the bash and Nicola Sturgeon can certainly talk, the British isles takes action.

As an ex-EU Remainer” I am however waiting for the prophesied “cliff edge disaster”, but so far, so excellent, so let’s get on with it.

Allan Thompson, Bearsden.

Possibility TO REVAMP Schooling

WITH each crisis will come an option.

The pandemic has disrupted the instructional progress of our main and secondary pupils, the right remedy for which is for them all to repeat the total calendar year to ensure that they progress to the future stage adequately well prepared and equipped to manage the calls for of the careers they hope and want to go after. Robert Frazer (Letters, March 7) was right to level out that there would be a blockage in the school process if my proposal (Letters, February 28) have been not refined to counteract that difficulty.

What I would be proposing and experienced not obviously described in my first submission is that principal education and learning would turn into an eight-calendar year cycle, every single new ingestion staying inducted into a pre-key calendar year ahead of getting into upon primary a single.

That would necessarily mean primary pupils going to secondary one particular year afterwards than they do now and, of system, leaving secondary a person 12 months on from the age they do now Key educational facilities would need more employees, extra finance and far more lodging in the variety of huts to support this change .

What would the youngsters do in the pre-main stage? Nicely, the groundwork for their future educational progress would be laid.

They would be drilled effectively in their situations tables and they would be shown the worth of correct spelling. Even so, that yr would also give them taster programs in the miracles of the night time sky, the identification of trees from their leaves and birds from their physical appearance and song.

There would be a light introduction to the cultural tales which infuse our literature from Greek, Roman ,Norse and Christian mythologies.

They could also be uncovered to the get the job done of the terrific composers and artists through that year just before embarking upon the curriculum supposedly specified to get ready them for advancing onwards and upwards to secondary amount and outside of.

Allow us hope our politicians do not reduce this chance to revamp our instructional system and to make certain that these whose development has been impaired by the pandemic do not put up with as a consequence.

Denis Bruce, Bishopbriggs.

STAYCATION Short article WAS Misleading

YOUR post on staycation rates which was headlined across the entrance page “The good Scottish summer time staycation RIP OFF” (February 7) was as misleading as it was irresponsible.

The figures quoted are rather correct – tourism contributes a important total to the Scottish economic system, however only three vacation providers were cited. Of all those, two had been found to have appreciably greater charges for periods of significant demand from customers. While this is nothing new and both equally companies admitted to the coverage, neither of individuals providers is Scottish, Hoseasons staying based in Lowestoft and Haven (element of Bourne Leisure) in Hemel Hempstead. The one particular Scottish business enterprise quoted claimed it is not rising prices.

The headline throughout pages 4 and 5 (“Scottish staycation rates soar as resorts, lodges and getaway parks are accused of ‘pandemic profiteering'”) involved inns in the alleged “pandemic profiteering”, but no example was presented. As the proprietor of a compact resort in Argyll, I am acutely informed that the leisure and tourism marketplace is on its knees, having said that, like the entrepreneurs of Dalriada Luxurious Lodges, and for the very same causes, we do not intend to maximize our tariff this time.

Content this sort of as this could do a great deal problems to our industry.

Christine Stevenson, Cairnbaan Resort, Lochgilphead.


I Concur with Ron McKay (Diary, February 28) and Anne Shackleton (Letters, March 7)that dog licences must be reintroduced. I would also like to see cat house owners having to have a licence for their furry friends. So many cats are permit out on their have to defecate in other people’s gardens. Cats should be taken out on a direct and owners need to decide up the mess.

There are significant bacterial infections a person can get from cat faeces and I individually do not value getting to choose other owners’ cat mess from my yard.

Pearl Stuart, Thornliebank.