May 23, 2022
Edinburgh Conservative councilor Cameron Rose wants change for the City Blues (Photo: Ian Jorgensen)

Responsibility for highlighting violations of the rule of law, injustice and mismanagement rests, at least in part, with the legal position of Monitoring Officer, which must be nominated by the Chief Executives. However, the appointment is an internal one, which is the responsibility of the chief executive.

It is very disappointing to see so many brave people with their heads on their feet to report corruption in almost 15 years, that they seldom end up with the confidence that the system Welcoming their courage, or providing justice. The freedom that the Whistleblowers want in the investigation of their revelations deserves better.

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It is time to consider changing legislation to enable the appointment of external monitoring officers independent of internal pressure from social networks and local authorities.

Cameron Rose, Conservative Councilor for the South Side and Newton

I wish your Scottish nationalist correspondents understood the facts. Marie Thomas (letters, February 12) repeats the usual SNP canard that “Britain has the worst state pension in Western Europe”. As the Freight Fact Service tells us, comparing pensions in different countries is difficult and not particularly helpful, as there are many variations of state, private, compulsory and voluntary pensions. The OECD, which reports on the provision of pensions in different countries each year, compares the countries in terms of “pension conversion rate” which takes into account that pensioners How much will you get compared to your salary? The OECD’s 2021 report shows that the UK’s pension payments as a percentage of the average wage are 58.1% in the middle of the table, with Sweden, Norway, Germany, Switzerland and Ireland below the table. Yes, this list includes Norwegian nationalists.

Ms Thomas added that in 2020-21, the Scots paid .5 11.5 billion in national insurance and £ 8.5 billion in pensions. National insurance was originally in the 1940s, with the aim of covering other benefits, including unemployment benefits. Ms Thomas’ figures would not do us any good if she did not add to the amount of money she was paid for the benefits now offered in Scotland. We can then get a clearer picture of the economic and financial situation in a separate Scotland, not forgetting that on Scexit, Scotland will lose an additional bn 12bn or more because we only live in the UK. From HM Treasury every year.

Professor James Mitchell tells us that the Scottish Government “cannot always argue that it is someone else’s fault. You have the power to do a lot. Let’s see if you can move on with it.” . ” But it will shoot the SNP fox. Without a viable policy for a separate Scotland, all nationalist Scots like Mrs Thomas could try to persuade the Scots to stay out of the UK. They haven’t done anything to indicate that this will happen, because they can’t.

Jill Stephenson, Edinburgh

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The attack on Tory culture secretary Nadine Doris was unexpectedly enjoyed by SNP MSP Christine Graham in defense of public broadcasting by the BBC.Perspectives, February 11).

More specifically, from Ms. Graham’s memoir “Sitting as a family, sitting by a source of heat in the house, listening to the radio” or identifying requests on the two-way while preparing and eating Sunday meals and It was easy to get. Family favorites were shared.

Similarly, its description of watching television in the early days of its production evoked old memories.

Glad to learn that Ms Graham, unlike many of her fiercest critics, fellow Scottish independence supporters, believes the BBC is still “doing well”. Could it be that despite the efforts of Nadine Doris, the BBC is still needed as a public broadcasting service and in Scotland, it can only become an SNP propaganda machine!

Sally Gordon Walker, Edinburgh

In the run-up to the 2014 referendum, a
n army of SNP supporters marched on the BBC Pacific Quay headquarters in Glasgow, accusing them of political bias. After that, the BBC turned to them, and in Scotland we no longer have one for the SNP, but three BBC channels that present their nationalist ideology, namely BBC One. Scotland, the BBC Scotland Channel and the BBC Alba, more than any other region in Scotland. United Kingdom.

After that, it is not surprising that SNP MSP Christine Graham protested against Nadine Doris. Why would you want to cut off the hand that feeds you? One who gave his leader a daily place under the guise of “quaid briefing” for almost two years. Oddly enough, a “Scottish” nationalist is a big supporter of the “British” Broadcasting Corporation. I dread the thought of how small and immoral the SNP would be if it got full control.

George M. Primrose, Eddington, Glasgow

While I’m glad to see a nationalist like Gill Turner (letters, February 11) anxious to retain his British citizenship in order to stay on the UK state pension, she remembers this important point. “Who will fund our pension?” The argument is that no one, at least Nicola Sturgeon, has any idea how it will be financed, and that it is open to discussion after independence. Why would anyone vote for such insecurity and risk, which is one of the most important financial investments in life. Before we decide whether to vote for independence or not, we need to know who is funding the pensions, and in what currency they will be paid. Using pensions as a “bargaining chip”, as Ms. Turner suggested, is probably the most ridiculous thing I’ve heard in the whole freedom debate.

“A Glimpse of Munich” is how British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace compared the West’s response to the threat of war in Ukraine to Britain’s policy of flattery before World War II. It was seen as a failure to counter the aggression of another dictator and to safeguard our moral freedom and democracy.

We are in full swing, trying desperately to satisfy Putin by negotiating his terms while he is assembling Europe’s largest army since World War II, to subdue the whole of Europe. Is very powerful Dictators will continue to work until they get exactly what they want. Instead of appeasing Putin, the West should have increased sanctions where it is difficult to show that it is serious about opposing his aggression.

Whether it’s Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump or Boris Johnson, we can’t trust any of these leaders. At one time leaders set an example, following an ethical compass, especially when times were hard. However, all that has changed, and polls still show Johnson’s approval rating at around 25%, proving how many people have either fallen victim to political apathy or support such a person. Which protects their biased interests.

It is not surprising that we have come to this point, valuing our democracy and liberties, and moving here in the UK to accept leaders who have no moral backbone. ۔ Many would have thought that we had put the Russian bear to bed with Mr. Gorbachev in the 1990s, but instead he and a reborn China weakened by the division, weak leadership and lack of moral fiber. Is being bullied, their dictatorships are winning over democracy. Advances from the East seem possible until the West reunites with a commitment to moral authority, but with a weak leader like Johnson, it is a matter of leading the diplomatic dumb deaf.

The SNP-led Scottish government skillfully handed over the Toxic Workplace Parking Levy (WPL) to councils. It will become law in April until a motion to repeal is tabled in the Scottish Parliament by February 21. Cash-strapped employers will have to pass this levy on to their workers. Jobs are at stake. Nottingham was the only council to introduce the tax at £ 428-per-year. There is no upper limit for Scotland.

When council elections are held on May 5, the people can fight again. The SNP currently has 431 councilors, 276 Conservatives and 262 Labor. Vote for any SNP candidate to vote for WPL. Anyone can express their displeasure by voting for any party other than the eligible SNP, stopping this poll tax on wheels.

Clark Cross, Linlithgow, West Lutheran

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