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Every morning I read of yet another fantastic promise from the SNP to be fulfilled in an independent Brigadoon where economic realities are forever suspended.

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon promises a five per cent cut in household bills by removing one of the many green levies tormenting those who live in the giant wind farm called Scotland.

But the removal of one of those wholly unnecessary environmental taxes will make little difference because the remainder will ensure fuel poverty becomes the Scottish disease.

The key driver of energy bill increases is the wholesale gas price over which we have no control because First Minister Alex Salmond will not permit the development of our shale reserves.

In fact, the likely refusal by UK taxpayers to fund an independent Scotland’s wind farms will in itself cost Scottish households the better part of an extra £1,000 each per year.

(Dr) John Cameron

Howard Place

St Andrews

John Major suggests that the energy companies should be taxed and the response from the government is that it does not agree and that people should shop around for a better deal.

Why should we have to keep changing? Maybe a lot of younger people can do that but senior citizens are not always able or do not always have the facilities to do so.

Mike McKinnell

Hillview

Edinburgh

As the energy companies raise their prices again I found myself getting nostalgic for my younger days in the 1950s and 60s before we had central heating. Many rooms in the house were cold but the living room had the fire on.

We dressed appropriately for the seasons both inside and out. The bedrooms would be freezing but the hot water bottle meant a cosy bed – just remember to keep your head under the covers.

Ice on the insides of windows was commonplace. Oh, happy days.

Now we have the means to have all our rooms cosy in the winter but young and old can no longer afford to turn on the heat.

Now where did I put those hot water bottles?

Doris Duff

Belmont Gardens

Edinburgh

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