If eco-pro­test­ers sue the po­lice, let’s sue them!

Scottish Daily Mail - - Letters -

I AM amazed that the High Court has ruled that ban­ning the Ex­tinc­tion Re­bel­lion (XR) demon­stra­tion was un­law­ful (Mail).

The im­pli­ca­tions and costs to the po­lice are enor­mous at a time when they need the money to tackle knife crime and bur­glar­ies.

If the pro­test­ers sue the Met, what is to stop peo­ple and busi­nesses who lost a lot of money dur­ing the weeks of demos in turn su­ing the ac­tivists?

The in­con­ve­nience caused to com­muters who were try­ing to get to work was in­cal­cu­la­ble.

I am cer­tainly not say­ing that you can’t demon­strate, just that it should be done in such a way that it doesn’t im­pact on other peo­ple’s lives and busi­nesses.

I don’t see how XR’s dis­rup­tive tac­tics did much good to its cause. Its an­tics lost a great deal of sup­port from the pub­lic.

Don’t pro­test­ers re­alise they are preach­ing to the con­verted? Most of us are do­ing our best to tackle cli­mate change by mak­ing changes in our day-to-day lives.

They should be demon­strat­ing in other coun­tries that don’t have poli­cies to tackle global warm­ing, but per­haps they fear they wouldn’t be treated as fairly as they are in Bri­tain. HAZEL PIMM, cleve­don, Som­er­set.

The XR High Court rul­ing could lead to up to 400 pro­test­ers get­ting com­pen­sa­tion to­talling £2mil­lion. The law is an ass. Those who dis­rupted the pub­lic right to go to work will get paid for do­ing so – and have been give the green light for more demon­stra­tions.

The cost to tax­pay­ers of these demon­stra­tions was in ex­cess of £31mil­lion. Un­less this le­gal rul­ing is re­voked the pub­lic will de­cide enough is enough and will turn on the demon­stra­tors.

cLARK cROSS, Lin­lith­gow, West Loth­ian

We must never for­get

AS A for­mer sol­dier, I wear my poppy with pride and will stand si­lent for two min­utes at 11am to­day. On Re­mem­brance Sun­day, I watched with pride and grat­i­tude the veter­ans, who gave so much and en­dured unimag­in­able hard­ship de­fend­ing this coun­try, as they marched past the Ceno­taph. What a con­trast to the cos­seted youth of to­day with their flap­ping jazz hands, safe spa­ces, of­fence coun­selling, gen­der neu­tral­ity, risk as­sess­ments and lack of sto­icism.

AN­GUS LONG, Newcastle upon Tyne.

Ex­ploit­ing doc­tors

I DO not con­cur with claims that ju­nior doc­tors now work sig­nif­i­cantly fewer hours. I have seen my son-in-law work 84-hour weeks split be­tween 12-hour day shifts and 12-hour night shifts.

My daugh­ter works part-time – two and a half days then 24-hour night shifts at week­ends. Some­times she also has a 12-hour day shift within this ar­range­ment.

Time has also to be al­lo­cated to study in pur­suit of achiev­ing ca­reer goals. Doc­tors drop­ping on their feet with ex­haus­tion does not beget good pa­tient care.

My fam­ily have chil­dren. They have a right to a fam­ily life. The Euro­pean Work­ing Time Di­rec­tive was a force for good. Chil­dren as well as pa­tients re­quire nur­tur­ing. I do not know of any other pro­fes­sion or job where so much is ex­pected of in­di­vid­u­als. It is a mod­ern form of slav­ery.

JAcqUELINE WYL­LIE, vie e-mail.

Union Scrooges

HERE we go again: the rail and postal unions want to in­con­ve­nience the pub­lic by call­ing strikes in the run-up to Christ­mas.

I don’t be­lieve it’s re­ally about money or safety, but about politi­cis­ing their griev­ances and whip­ping up the pub­lic against the Gov­ern­ment.

Peo­ple won’t be able to travel to see their fam­i­lies at Christ­mas, cards won’t be de­liv­ered and chil­dren won’t get their presents.

It says it all when a spokesman for the postal union said they couldn’t delay their ac­tion un­til Jan­uary be­cause the strike needed to have max­i­mum im­pact. MIKE cATTERALL, Ac­cring­ton, Lancs.

Shift­ing al­le­giance

I VOTED for Labour’s Harold Wil­son with my first vote in the mid-60s. For al­most 50 years I backed the party, hes­i­tat­ing only in the Michael Foot era.

No more. The com­ing of Jeremy Cor­byn and his ex­trem­ist gang changed all that. So I am in com­plete sym­pa­thy with those for­mer Labour MPs who now sug­gest that dis­il­lu­sioned Labour vot­ers should opt for Boris John­son on De­cem­ber 12.

Equally, I would vote for any party, any­where, any­time, which would help end the elec­toral stran­gle­hold the SNP has on Scot­land. In these cases the ends do in­deed jus­tify the means. ALExAN­DER McKAY, Ed­in­burgh

Baby blues

I AM sorry for the loss of Mother­care from our high streets (Mail).

When I was hav­ing my ba­bies, it was the only place to go. I got all my baby es­sen­tials there and my 42-year-old daugh­ter still has the teddy bear bought for her in our lo­cal store.

But the world has moved on and now new par­ents can get ev­ery­thing they need from the su­per­mar­ket or on­line. That, along with the ex­tor­tion­ate cost of park­ing, will has­ten the down­fall of even more high street names. Mrs c. BEESLEY, colch­ester, Es­sex.

Up in the air

I AGREE that Ryanair is ‘Plane Greedy’ (Mail). When my wife and I flew from Bris­tol to Ibiza to visit fam­ily, we didn’t pay ex­tra to re­serve seats. We were seated two rows apart on the way out and 17 rows apart on the way back.

We both had an empty seat next to us on each flight.

STU­ART PARKIN, Newquay, corn­wall. AMONG the many ex­ploita­tive add-ons to Ryanair’s ba­sic fares, one of the most un­fair is the £55 fee for not check­ing in on­line at least two hours be­fore de­par­ture time. This dis­crim­i­nates against those with­out ac­cess to the in­ter­net.

ROB LOWE, col­wyn Bay, con­way.

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