Increases in tourist income for last year are generally attributed to the much-vaunted and expensive Homecoming. You also report (26 January) a large rise in the numbers rescued by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution last year. This, apparently, was not caused by the Homecoming, but partly by the increase in number of people holidaying in the UK because of the recession. Is this not rather inconsistent?

Ranald A M Coyne

Arisaig, Inverness-Shire