Smoked Salmond

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I, like many others, was quite pleased to hear that an effigy of Alex Salmond with a giant head filled with fireworks had been set off in Lewes despite promises not to.

It just goes to show that not only were his plans to split up the country unpopular in Scotland but in England too.

Throughout the country he caused division and disunity, and all his plans for breaking up the UK in the end turned out to be a damp squid.

In Lewes it is a long-standing tradition to create an effigy of public figures. So how the pol­ice can justify investigating is beyond me. It is a complete waste of police resources.

I personally applaud the org­anisers.

Will a Nicola Sturgeon effigy be burnt next year?

Gordon Kennedy

Simpson Square


It must take a lot of papier maché to build an effigy of Scotland’s First Minister, accompanied by policy wonk Nessy.

The Lewes organisers are well known for their equal opportunity satire having already set fire to David Cameron, Margaret Thatcher, John Prescott, Tony Blair and the lovely Cherie.

Anyone who assumed the cyb­ernats had emigrated after the referendum was sadly mistaken as they took to the ether with a lack of charm so total it was almost a thing of wonder.

To Alex Salmond’s notoriously humourless “45” demanding to know “Wha’s like us?” the
answer is “Gey few – but it could be fewer.”

(Dr) John Cameron

Howard Place

St Andrews

Bonfire night celebrants have an effigy of Alex Salmond as their guy. Cue faux outrage. There are innumerable real subjects to be outraged by which these people choose to ignore.

Paedophile priests, female genital mutilation, patient
neglect, spousal abuse, car pollution, the rise of IS in Iraq etc.

Real abuse persists partially because of this lack of focus and faux outrage.

Neil Sinclair

Clarence Street


I never thought I’d write it but well done Joyce McMillan for her take on the Lewes 
effigy burning (Perspective, 7 November).

At last, a radical Scot who has realised that all of those people down south are not homogeneous and in fact represent a wide-range of views and unlike many of the anti-English critics in the Yes campaign, actually have a sense of proportion and even a sense of humour.

The First Minister deserves a degree of respect due to his 
position but the day a country cannot make fun of politicians is a sad day indeed – ask the 

(Dr) Roger I 

Turretbank Place