Letters: Golf hypocrisy lands Salmond in the rough

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IT would appear that Councillor Gavin Corbett hasn’t checked his facts before aligning himself with Alex Salmond (Letters, July 17).

Carnoustie Ladies Golf Club and Lundin Links Ladies Club do not admit men, yet Mr Salmond says nothing. He even went to Royal St George’s which, like Muirfield, is a men-only club, so what hypocrites they are showing themselves to be.

We know that Mr Salmond will do anything to get the female vote for independence, but this surely has left him with egg on his face.

We can forgive him for being so crass at Wimbledon as it would appear that he agreed to be an advert for deep fried Mars bars and Irn-Bru.

Mike Sanders, Caiyside, Edinburgh

Men and women are not joined at the hip

I’M sure that if the idiots get their way and the R&A drops Muirfield from the Open rota, many of the members will be delighted.

Incidentally, there are numerous women-only organisations, including golf clubs, all over Britain. Men and women are not joined at the hip.

A A Miller, Clackmae Road, Edinburgh

More serious issues to tackle than sport

Alex Salmond deems female membership of a golf club a more important issue than the protection of the many girls in Scotland who are the victims of female genital mutilation.

Not a single prosecution has been brought in Scotland against those who carry out this barbaric practice on innocent girls.

Serious violence against females in Scotland goes unpunished whilst Alex Salmond has attracted worldwide media attention to the membership rules of the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers.

Of course there was zero chance that Alex Salmond would have used the media attention on Muirfield to draw attention to the fact that despite years of SNP rule, female genital mutilation is routinely carried out in Scotland with impunity.

Ian Stewart, convener, Atheist Scotland

Global Race means winners and losers

THE often repeated phrase “we must win the global race” by David Cameron and most Tory politicians is both annoying and dangerous.

It is dangerous when the state of the world needs nations to work together to solve problems of food production, fuel and energy supplies, diseases, protection of the world’s forests and climate change. And dangerous because “winning the global race” means there are losers, creating disastrous unemployment, poverty and health problems.

There are many examples of companies engaged in the “global race” making vast profits in one country, closing industries in others, showing little concern for people’s lives and wellbeing.

The global race does not exclude the working people of the UK from this exploitation.

A Delahoy, Silverknowes Gardens, Edinburgh

Enthusiasm in dance show won me over

In response to Lewis Porteous’ review of Strictly Confidential (News, July 17), I am wondering whether he was actually at the same show as I was.

He states that the show is “strictly for die-hard fans”, something that I am certainly not, but went along to accompany my mother. However, despite my lack of enthusiasm on entering the theatre, I left having enjoyed a very professional and enjoyable show and I was obviously not alone in that opinion.

Whether or not you are a Lisa Riley fan, it would be impossible to find fault in the dancing, the outfits and the set, and the music was outstanding.

Sheila Fraser, Beveridge Close, Dalkeith

Make a stand for the countryside or lose it

The countryside is increasingly at risk from inappropriate development caused by inadequate planning policies, a weakening of local democracy and a focus on short-term economic growth regardless of the environmental consequences.

I am deeply concerned that local views are being ignored to the detriment of valued and irreplaceable countryside. While I recognise the need for economic prosperity, should this be pursued at any cost to the environment?

If we don’t stand up for the countryside we will lose it.

Ian Craig, Spottiswoode Road, Edinburgh

Make banks account for carbon emission

Many of us are making real efforts to combat climate change by cutting our own carbon emissions and working to make our local communities more sustainable.

But the banks and pension funds in which most of us invest our money are pouring billions of pounds into dirty coal, oil and gas around the world – yet we have no say in how this money is spent. The fossil fuel extraction financed by UK banks and pension funds is pushing the planet to the brink of climate catastrophe.

It is also destroying the lives of the people who have to live with giant coal mines and oil wells on their doorsteps. Often these projects are in poor countries, and far from benefiting local people, they pollute the land and water people rely on and sometimes even evict them from their homes.

We have very little say in how banks and pension funds spend our money. So as part of a campaign by the World Development Movement, I’m calling on the Government to make banks and pension funds publish the carbon emissions from the fossil fuel projects they finance, so that we can start holding them to account and make them change their ways.

Craig Millard, Albert Street, Leith

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