THE announcement by Fergus Ewing that the Scottish Government is to halt the development of fracking is inexplicable, especially since their own scientific experts have advised that it is a perfectly acceptable practice providing the developers adhere to the safety regulations laid down for the processes (News, 1 February).
The University of Strathclyde has acquired a huge expertise in the safety issues affecting fracking and has provided further assurances that the processes are safe and there will be no damage to the environment. Such developments would provide cheaper domestic gas as well as safeguarding the survival of companies such as Ineos, whose petrochemical complex at Grangemouth is entirely dependent upon the availability of cheap natural gas. The application of fracking technology would also provide alternative employment for those engineers afflicted by the downturn in the North Sea oil and gas industry.
It is clear that the SNP has little trust in highly knowledgeable scientists while preferring instead to accept the views of tree-huggers and ill-informed, sensationalist journalists. We now face the prospect of importing expensive natural gas from the USA obtained from fracking instead of using our own gas products from our extensive reserves. No wonder we constantly play second fiddle to the Americans, who trust their scientists and fully exploit the fruits of their academic research and technology and are thus able to convert this knowledge into products which have huge benefits to their economy.
It is also little wonder that so many youngsters in Scotland are avoiding taking STEM subjects when there are so few employment opportunities in science and engineering based industries as a consequence of the medieval mind-set of the SNP government.
I see very little prospect of the SNP ever enhancing the prosperity of this country if it continues to operate with such a Luddite mentality.
Dr Jim Hay, Menstrie, Clackmannanshire
THE latest example of pointless posturing from the SNP administration with regard to fracking should come as no surprise.
They maintain a similar disdain for nuclear power but seemingly have no objections to keeping the lights on by using imported electricity from nuclear generated sources in other parts of the UK when the wind stops, usually on the coldest days, and the forests of wind farms throughout Scotland lie still and useless.
So we can add fracking to the lengthening hypocrisy list unless they state that their disdain for fracking and nuclear also covers imported electricity generated from these sources.
Alexander McKay, Edinburgh
DON’T BELIEVE ANTI-LABOUR LIES
I sometimes despair of voters’ gullibility in listening to the SNP rhetoric about the Labour/Tory roles during the referendum and its relevance to forthcoming elections.
The referendum was about a single issue in which both sides drew support from groups that in other circumstances would be politically opposed to them.
The SNP have cynically sought to portray Labour as being the same as the Tories as they supported the same argument. Does this mean the SNP are the same as the Socialist Workers Party, who were on the same side of the argument as the SNP? Utter nonsense, and I’m disappointed that voters have not seen through this slur on the Labour party.
And while on the subject of “strange bedfellows”, the Nationalists seem to have a short memory and have conveniently forgotten about 1979 when they joined forces with the Tories to bring down the Labour government which heralded in the Thatcher years, and have also forgotten that between 2007 and 2011 they formed a minority government in Holyrood and governed with the help of the Tories. Stones and glass houses come to mind.
It’s time voters woke up and smelt this cynical political deceit and based their judgment on past achievements (or failings) of electoral promises and the future commitments of all parties.
Paul Lewis, Edinburgh
FURIOUS AT DUMB AND DUMBER
HAVING welcomed Scotland on Sunday as a quality Scottish Sunday paper from its very first issue, I’m staggered by last week’s “dumbed down” offering.
Three whole pages of wasted Dani Garavelli talent promoting a soap opera (EastEnders) seems to me a weird sense of priority; surely the obvious place for such an item was in any case the Spectrum supplement?
This was eclipsed, however, by Euan McColm’s grotesque Perspective article on the “poetry of profanity” he experienced in Kim Sears’ gutter language directed at Andy Murray’s opponent.
The pure tripe award, meantime, must go to Aidan Smith’s effort in the Sports section. He managed to give a spectator – Kim Sears – “star” status at the occasion, while lampooning Murray’s apparently comical feet. Her lauded talent was cursing.
Shameful, all round.
Robert Dow, Tranent