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Brave of­fi­cers

I AM so grate­ful for the brav­ery of those who risk their lives to keep us safe each day.

My prayers and thoughts are with those killed and in­jured by the Lon­don Bridge ter­ror­ist knife­man, the civil­ians who tack­led him, and the po­lice of­fi­cers who had to use ul­ti­mate force be­cause it ap­peared he was wear­ing a sui­cide vest.

The tak­ing of a life is never easy, whether on the bat­tle­field or on our streets. De­spite the best train­ing in the world, the po­lice of­fi­cers will be dis­traught at hav­ing had to do so.

No one goes to work to shoot some­one, but our po­lice, se­cu­rity ser­vices and Armed Forces know it is a pos­si­bil­ity. The cir­cum­stances of the in­ci­dent will live with them for ever, yet they do their duty to keep us all safe.

JOHN HILL­MAN, New­port.

The brave by­s­tanders who tack­led the ter­ror­ist should be awarded the George Cross.

MORFUDD JONES, Llan­dudno, Cl­wyd.

Life must mean life...

Ter­rOr­ISTS are evil, cow­ardly peo­ple whose sole pur­pose is to mur­der, butcher and blow to bits hu­man be­ings. There is no lower be­ing on this planet.

There is ab­so­lutely no ex­cuse or valid rea­son for any­thing other than a sen­tence of ‘jailed un­til they die’.

Why is it ac­cepted that it is now ‘nor­mal’ that hu­man be­ings will die on our streets yet the hu­man rights of killers war­rant their early re­lease? Is that what hu­man­ity has be­come?

G EADIE, Ed­in­burgh.

WhAT a crazy jus­tice system we have. The lat­est killer was a ter­ror­ist con­victed of plot­ting to blow up the Lon­don Stock ex­change.

Just imag­ine the death toll that would have re­sulted had he and his fel­low plot­ters suc­ceeded. Our jus­tice system dic­tates that pris­on­ers on fixed-term sen­tences only have to serve half their time.

In line with that prac­tice, this con­victed ter­ror­ist was re­leased early, free to at­tack. We now know there are an­other 74 con­victed ter­ror­ists who have also been granted early re­lease.

As­ton­ish­ingly, Labour leader Jeremy Cor­byn doesn’t think that con­victed ter­ror­ists should nec­es­sar­ily have to serve their full term.

I won­der if he would care to meet the par­ents of the two young peo­ple mur­dered by this ter­ror­ist and tell them that.

GERRY DYER, Cirences­ter, Glos.

Black­ford side­lined

hAVe I missed some­thing or is Ni­cola Stur­geon now run­ning for elec­tion as an MP?

In almost all the de­bates and in­ter­views I have watched so far, she has been the voice of the SNP for the West­min­ster elec­tion.

I thought Ian Black­ford was the SNP leader at West­min­ster, but so far he has been as elu­sive as the Scar­let Pim­per­nel. I am left with the im­pres­sion that Mr Black­ford and his West­min­ster col­leagues are no more than stooges for the real SNP power base at holy­rood, which has pushed them to one side. Why, then, would any­one vote for these in­ef­fec­tual po­lit­i­cal non-en­ti­ties?

PAUL LEWIS, Ed­in­burgh.

Use your vote wisely

NeWS that Scot­land In Union has launched an ex­cel­lent tac­ti­cal vot­ing web­site has been wel­comed by many peo­ple, in­clud­ing those of us who have been bang­ing on for years about the need for it.

re­cent lo­cal and na­tional elec­tions have been po­larised by the Indyref ques­tion and con­sis­tently show that at least 60 per cent of vot­ers put their cross be­side a UK ‘re­main’ can­di­date. So it’s little won­der that the SNP claims a ma­jor­ity of seats, rather than to­tal votes cast for it, gives the party a man­date for an­other ref­er­en­dum.

I hope the Scot­land in Union web­site works, and if it does, the meth

ods and col­lab­o­ra­tion can be fine-tuned in time for the ‘high noon’ of Scot­tish pol­i­tics, the 2021 Holy­rood elec­tions.

AL­LAN SuTHER­LANd, Stone­haven, Kin­car­di­neshire.

Threat to busi­ness

AS a small-busi­ness owner I am con­cerned about the dan­ger posed to our coun­try by a Jeremy Cor­byn govern­ment.

At the start of 2019 there were 5.82mil­lion small busi­nesses (with 0 to 49 em­ploy­ees), 99.3 per cent of the UK’s to­tal busi­ness. They ac­count for three-fifths of em­ploy­ment and around half of turnover in the UK pri­vate sec­tor.

Has Mr Cor­byn ever had to work com­mer­cially? Does he ever con­sider that a coun­try is a busi­ness that needs to make money to pay its way? The above sta­tis­tics would be se­verely dis­torted un­der a Cor­byn govern­ment.

Vot­ers need to stand up for

Great Bri­tain. If you are em­ployed, think of your fu­ture – three out of five of you may be ad­versely af­fected by a Cor­byn ad­min­is­tra­tion.

L FOWLER, Perth.

Re­ject call for cull

THE call by con­ser­va­tion ex­trem­ists to cull more red deer or we will miss cli­mate change tar­gets (Mail) is mis­lead­ing.

It has little to do with cli­mate change and more to do with a de­sire to break up Scot­land’s sport­ing es­tates.

Yes, red deer num­bers were un­ac­cept­ably high. That’s no longer the case. Num­bers have de­clined con­sid­er­ably in the North-east and many es­tates are find­ing it dif­fi­cult to achieve cull tar­gets.

Nat­u­ral ero­sion over mil­len­nia has caused peat­lands to be in their cur­rent con­di­tion, not im­pacts from deer.

If we want to in­crease forestry and live in har­mony with Mother Na­ture and her wildlife, then sen­si­ble man­age­ment poli­cies must be in place.

Un­fenced forestry schemes in the mid­dle of the red deer range are nei­ther sen­si­ble nor prac­ti­cal, and if cli­mate tar­gets are to be achieved, cov­er­ing Scot­land and prime agri­cul­tural land in trees will achieve noth­ing. Best to fo­cus on global de­for­esta­tion.

PETER FRASER, Vice-chair­man, Scot­tish Game­keep­ers As­so­ci­a­tion,


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