More plumbers, fewer po­ets

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - COMMENT -

Sir, – It has been re­ported that they may have to shut down some North Sea oil plat­forms due to short­age of skilled labour.

I served my time in BSC at Burn­tis­land, where they pro­duced ships and skilled men of all trades.

Then along came Mrs Thatcher. The train­ing stopped and now there is no more train­ing, no more ship­yards, pits, en­gi­neer­ing firms or ap­pren­tices. They even tore down the work­shops at Kirk­caldy Tech.

Our gov­ern­ments are full of peo­ple who talk end­lessly about when they were at univer­sity and ig­nore the ex­pe­ri­ences of those of us who paid for them to be there.

It seems all of the Scot­tish po­lit­i­cal par­ties want their mid­dle class vot­ers’ chil­dren to at­tend univer­sity but how many of them will end up do­ing hobby de­grees?

This is a waste of our tax money and it should be stopped. Put money into train­ing trades­men and women and bring back the train­ing that pro­duced the trades­men that built the North Sea plat­forms.

Our West­min­ster and Holy­rood par­lia­ments and politi­cians present a mid­dle class view of the world that is far from where the real wealth is cre­ated on the shop floor.

No one is go­ing to send for a poet when they need a doctor or a plumber. John G Phimis­ter. St Clair St, Kirk­caldy.

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