Alarmist despair

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In respect of the fracking ­debate I watch with resigned ­despair the vulnerability of our parliamentary committees to disinformation by alarmist agitators.

It is the MMR scandal all over again.

We desperately need much better-educated legislators. Sadly, at that same time, I note that the Scottish Government has withdrawn from two international comparison studies thus “solving” the problem of our declining educational performance.

David J Hogg

Glanville Place

Edinburgh