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With regard to the Longannet situation, Scottish energy minister Fergus Ewing (your report, 24 March) once more talks about “discriminatory” transmission pricing.

That, Mr Ewing, means “making or showing an unfair or prejudicial distinction” (OED). Where is your evidence for this rubbish and your justification for such inflammatory language?

We may note that the population density of the London area is about 400 times that of Scotland, yet in spite of such an obvious massive reduction in transmission costs, to my knowledge electricity prices are roughly the same.

If you mean, Mr Ewing, that Scotland requires an even higher grid subsidy, then for goodness sake put the country’s needs before your own political posturing and seek this in a more diplomatic fashion.

(Dr) A McCormick

Kirkland Road

Terregles, Dumfries

The ultimate blame for the loss of Longannet and the 1,000 skilled jobs that go with it ultimately lies with the SNP.

Their dogma-driven wind farm policy ensured that eye-watering subsidies and endless encouragement was given to festooning our countryside with these inherently unreliable monstrosities to the detriment of all else.

There was nothing left for investment in clean coal plant that would have maintained a balance and kept running whether the wind was blowing or not. Scotland is now paying the price.

A similar dogma-driven anti-nuclear policy threatens the jobs of many thousands of workers connected with the Royal Navy’s submarine bases on the Clyde.

We will all pay dearly in every sense for this dogmatic and senseless posturing.

Alexander McKay

New Cut Rigg

Edinburgh