More plumbers, fewer poets
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.