Letters: Time for banking giant to show a little humility

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AS ordinary citizens are baling out the Royal Bank of Scotland like wealthy schoolboys who've over-gambled on fruit machines – the bank is expected to be one of the main recipients of the £50 billion government rescue fund (Evening News, October 8) – perhaps the group might think about a being a little more humble.

As a regular visitor to Edinburgh Airport's short stay car-park, it has always been a source of frustration the parking bays nearest the terminal entrance and exits have been reserved for 'Fast Track' RBS employees only.

While they're busy re-painting these spaces so as they can be used for the elderly, the disabled, or people with small kids, they might also want to think about wiping clean the presumptuous 'Make It Happen' logos plastered on the terminal walkways.

And perhaps also they might want to place a small message over their logo-bearing Gogarburn headquarters access bridge. A simple "Thank-you, British Taxpayers" would suffice.

Tom Ellingham, Montgomery Street, Edinburgh

No room for vehicle .. or common sense

OVER the period of the Edinburgh International Festival I act as a temporary driver – transporting artists and their equipment between venues and hotels.

For the period of the festival the fleet of vehicles used by EIF is granted dispensation by Edinburgh Council to park on "single yellow lines."

On August 29 I had occasion to park in Johnstone Terrace. However, the availability of 'yellow line' space was limited so I encroached into a parking space and duly purchased a parking ticket to cover the cost of the encroachment.

Returning to the vehicle well within the time purchased on the meter I was taken aback to discover a "parking ticket"!

I duly appealed the penalty charge but to no avail.

It would appear that legislation does not take account of such anomalies and the powers that be have clearly no common sense to apply their discretion!

A G Smith, Alnwickhill Road, Edinburgh

Worry over levels of security at MoD

AS the Ministry of Defence and EDS, one of the government's favoured IT contractors, try desperately to find yet another unencrypted computer disk that has gone missing, one containing details of bank accounts, passports, driving licences, family doctors and other personal information about 100,000 service men and women and 800,000 applicants to join the armed forces, we should recall the assurance given by Home Office minister Meg Hillier in the letters page of the Evening News last May: "the level of security for the national identity register will match some military databases".


Dr Geraint Bevan, NO2ID Scotland, Grovepark Gardens, Glasgow

Sharia law has no place in this land

I NOTE that Sharia law is proposed to be adopted or indeed permitted in Scotland (Sharia law set for the Capital, Evening News, October 9).

This is wholly unacceptable and has no place in the legal system of this country. If individuals wish to settle disputes between them privately according to Sharia law, then that is a matter for them, but where there is recourse to the law of the land, then let it be clear that we have our law that has been established over generations.

Sharia law operates in a few Muslim countries (the majority of Muslim countries do not in fact operate Sharia law) and that is a matter for them. In Scotland and the UK our system works fine, let it continue. Those who wish to operate under Sharia Law are free to go to those places where that law operates, just don't expect it to operate here.

Stewart Geddes, Conservative Party Candidate, Edinburgh West, Quality Street Lane, Edinburgh

Focus put on high quality of repairs

YOUR piece "You have been assessed for a street repair fine - of just 120"(Seotember 26) centred on the introduction of fixed penalty notices (FPNs) – these will improve the quality of data held in the Scottish Road Works Register and have absolutely nothing to do with quality of workmanship. The statistics used are historical and misrepresent our current performance.

Quality of workmanship is covered by the inspection regime in operation by the council. Fines – other than FPNs – can be imposed for poor quality reinstatements by the council. The last full quarter results from Edinburgh City Council indicated that inspections on our work scored 94 per cent, both for signing and the quality of the repair at the time. These are above the required 90 per cent minimum required.

As a major utility we recognise the scale and impact of our work on the roads across the land. We aim to maintain a high level of compliance.

John McCall, development account liaison manager, Scottish Water

Week isn't worthy of fireworks here

THE week of October 31 – November 5 should be used to promote Scottish events, not something that happened 400 years ago – of little interest to Scotland.

Andrew J T Kerr, Castlegate, Jedburgh