Pledge in stone is not all it seems
SIR, – In 2014 Alex Salmond unveiled a stone carved with the words “The rocks will melt with the sun before I allow tuition fees to be imposed on Scottish students". This policy was only made possible by the devolution of university funding to Scotland by John Major's government in 1992.
No doubt the SNP regards its student fee policy as being of benefit to the majority of the people of Scotland, thus providing an example of something good dependent on a Tory initiative that Rob Fairfull claims to have been looking for without success (Press and Journal, February 15). Whether it is beneficial is, however, open to doubt, because the number of Scots students is rigorously controlled by the SNP to save money, and because it has not made it any easier for those from disadvantaged backgrounds to attend university. Hugh Pennington, Carlton Place, Aberdeen