Thursday, October 18, 2018

18th of October 2018 - Kirk Closure Downside


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18th of October 2018

Dear Sir/Madam,

KIRK CLOSURE DOWNSIDE

As an atheist, I was gratified to learn that the number of churchgoers has declined to the extent that the Church of Scotland intends to declare 20 Shetland kirks surplus to requirements.

Nevertheless, as one passionately opposed to the menace of alcohol, I wonder if the continued weekly dispense of palpable nonsense might not be preferable to these buildings falling into the hands of Wetherspoons or other evil purveyors of the demon drug.

John Eoin Douglas

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

25th of July 2018 - Is There A Convenient Answer?

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25th of July 2018

Dear Sir/Madam,

IS THERE A CONVENIENT ANSWER?

Whilst your readers seem unlikely to agree on Brexit, I wonder if they can achieve a consensus on the burning question of our times:

Why do modern on-train toilets require the operation of two buttons to close and lock the door but only one to unlock and open it?

John Eoin Douglas

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

19th of June 2018 - Drug Damaged

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19th of June 2018

Dear Sir/Madam,

DRUG DAMAGED

For years I have believed the statements of successive UK governments that Cannabis is a dangerous and addictive drug that leads inexorably to the destruction of the health and morals of those using it and of society as we know it.

The recent decision by the Home Secretary to hand it out to children can only allow of two conclusions:

Either the substance is safe and we have been lied to - or it is not. In which case, even if it has medicinal properties, it should continue to be banned in the wider interests of society notwithstanding that a few sick and pain-ridden children are collateral damage in the war against drugs.

John Eoin Douglas

Thursday, June 14, 2018

14th of June 2018 - Mother Knows Best

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14th of June 2018

Dear Sir/Madam,

MOTHER KNOWS BEST

I was appalled at the wanton disrespect shown by SNP MPs to the Mother of Parliaments in pursuit of their narrow nationalism and at the support shown for this by the so called Scottish Parliament.

Nationalists must realise that Mother Knows Best and that Holyrood always was and always will be subservient to Westminster and the interests of England and the UK as a whole.

Despite recent building programmes, Edinburgh still has a dearth of student flats and tourist accommodation. Perhaps this might be a more suitable use for the Scottish Parliament building than as an adventure playground for revolting Scots?

John Eoin Douglas

Thursday, June 7, 2018

7th of June 2018 - Green War On High Streets

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7th of June 2018

Dear Sir/Madam,

GREEN WAR ON HIGH STREETS

What was most obvious to me watching TV reports of the fall of the House of Fraser was that most of their soon-to-be-closed stores are situated in pedestrianised streets with no parking.

I haven't shopped in my local department store in over 25 years due to the impossibility of getting my car within several hundred yards of the front door - preferring to frequent out of town malls with a superfluity of free and convenient parking.

It must be nice for the Green anti-car lobby to smugly walk and cycle past the shuttered shops of our High Streets the death of which are largely due to their blinkered efforts.

John Eoin Douglas

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

18th of April 2018 - Light On Leith

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18th of April 2018

Dear Sir/Madam,
 
LIGHT ON LEITH

Now that Edinburgh Council has published its eagerly awaited final plan for the new road layout in Picardy Place, I'm glad to see that plenty of space has been left amidst the cycle paths for the re-instatement of the much missed Kinetic Sculpture which once graced the centre of the roundabout.

I had thought that this had been long dispatched to the scrapyard, but recent discussions have revealed that it was stored in a depot by the council in 1983 and presumably could be restored to its former glory if there was enough public demand and, dare I say it, financial input from the adjacent developers.

As part of any restoration, sensible application of modern technology could no doubt ensure that it was regularly illuminated as originally intended by its designer Roger Dainton!

John Eoin Douglas

Monday, April 16, 2018

16th of April 2018 - Don't All Windrush

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16th of April 2018

Dear Sir/Madam,

DON'T ALL WINDRUSH

Surely if all these Windrush immigrants were truly British they would support the Home Office's notion that it is better that a thousand entitled Brits are wrongly cast out from our shores than allow one unentitled foreigner to remain?

John Eoin Douglas